Proceeds from the Wendy’s Charity Classic support Wendy’s Wonderful Kids (WWK), a special adoptive parent recruiting program initiated by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. WWK hires specialized “recruiters” who work at area
adoption agencies and focus on children who have been waiting in foster care the longest. They take on cases that need that extra push to make a match and place a waiting child into a permanent, loving home.
WWK recruiters utilize marketing tools and networks within the community to find families who want to adopt. They “match” these families with kids in the WWK program and facilitate successful adoptions. Funds from the Wendy’s Charity Classic have made it possible
to hire WWK recruiters in Jackson, Detroit, Toledo and Lansing as well as provide support for adoption agencies in northern Michigan, Grand Rapids, Flint and Saginaw.
“In the communities we support, hundreds of children have been matched with prospective parents so far,” notes Mark Behm, Wendy’s franchisee and co-chair of the Wendy’s Charity Classic. “Funding from our event has provided WWK recruiters that have found these matches and started this process for these special
children. Imagine your life without the impact that your parents made on you? This event is about these children.”