focusing ON THE FIGHT AGAINST SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND THE STIGMA IT CARRIES THROUGH EDUCATION, TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION.
Why we started this foundation?
The Michael Wilkinson Foundation was established in 2016 for the purpose of providing assistance to those who need help in their Fight Through Addiction with a particular Focus on helping those with out the financial means or income. Michael was born June 27, 1990, and attended primary, secondary and high school in Arlington, Texas. He graduated from Martin High School in 2008. His passions included art, music, writing and skateboarding. He had an infectious sense of humor, warm and caring heart and always had a way of making others laugh. He was a kind and loving person who was always willing to help others in need, but was ultimately unable to help himself in battling the demon that is addiction. After a 2+ year-long battle with opiate addiction and multiple periods in rehabilitation facilities, Michael lost his fight at the young age of 25 on November 9, 2015.
This is one of many tragedies and another sad statistic that has become all too common in this era we refer to as an “opiate epidemic.” As his family, we created this foundation in Michael’s memory to offer hope to others.
Michael enjoying Bryce canyon, Utah, 2007.
Focusing on Prevention
The foundation offers eight $2500 scholarships to graduating seniors in
Arlington Independent School District, taking into consideration GPA, Community Involvement and Financial Capability. AISD SCHOLARSHIPS
Focusing on Treatment/Rehabilitation
We support the National Association of Recovery Schools. This is a non-profit organization
of accredited high schools for youth coming out of rehab facilities who have the desire,
drive and commitment to a life of sobriety while earning their high school diploma. Two
of these schools we are supporting are:
Serenity High, McKinney, TX
• Building a brick and mortar building instead of temporary buildings
• Counseling for attendees and families
• College scholarships for graduates
• School supplies
Simply Grace House for women
• A non-profit organization that provides Sober Living Homes for recovering addicts
Focusing on Grief Support
The foundation will support organizations like The Compassionate Friends for families who have lost a child/sibling
DID YOU KNOW?
> Every day 115 people in the united states die after overdosing on opioids
> In 2016, 59,000 americans lost their lives to the opioid crisis
> Estimates suggest there are approximately 2.6 million prescription opioid addicts
> estimates suggest there are nearly double that number of heroin users
> to date, 77 million americans have fallen victim to this crisis in one way or another
All donations go directly to the charity. All major credit cards are accepted. We will also accept personal or corporate checks. Please mail checks to our address listed below. If you would like to volunteer please fill out the contact form below or call us at 817-478-6207.
The Michael Wilkinson Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization
registered with the Internal Revenue Service. All donations are
tax-deductible. There are no paid employees. All our staff are
volunteers for the Michael Wilkinson Foundation.