Members are encouraged to be part of their local communities. To support this, the Bethels (individual locations for member groups) in California give back to their communities in different ways. This may be through parades, servings , fundraisers, community services, and more. These events are chosen, planned, and executed by the members in their bethel, allowing them to develop a desire to be involved in their local communities.
What is Ryan’s Case for Smiles?
A hospital stay can be a terrifying experience for a child – especially those with cancer and other life-changing illnesses. Recent research indicates 20% of children who are hospitalized with cancer and 30% of their mothers suffer full symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). These rates are comparable to that experienced by U.S. War Veterans serving since the Vietnam War. The good news is trauma can be minimized and outcomes improved through experiences that reduce stress.
Ryan’s Case for Smiles (formerly ConKerr Cancer) was founded in 2007 to bring comfort and support to young patients and their families in hospitals around the globe. We started with a simple goal: to create and distribute whimsical pillowcases that give children an emotional boost and remind them that they are not defined by their illness. Today, our programs have expanded to include the children’s entire families so they can better navigate and cope with a very difficult experience and avoid long term emotional trauma. To ensure the highest quality care, we have partnered with PTSD experts at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children to create valuable web-based information and tools designed for each member of the family’s unique experience.
For additional information, check out their website: caseforsmiles.org
HIKE has been a partner for Job’s Daughters International for many years. Through HIKE, Job’s Daughters International has embraced the needs of hearing impaired children. HIKE stands for:
HEARING- process, function or power of perceiving sound
IMPROVEMENT- to bring into a more desirable or excellent condition
KIDS- children of all races, creed, or color
ENDOWMENT- providing or equipping gratuitously
The HIKE Fund, Inc. is a not for profit charity incorporated under the laws of the State of Nebraska and registered with the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt charity. The purpose of the Fund is to provide hearing devices for children with hearing losses between the ages of newborn and twenty years whose parents are unable to meet this special need financially. An estimated 100 children are provided with hearing devices each year.
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