Circle of Care for Families With Cancer, Incorporated

Rating: 5 stars   15 reviews

Address:

PO Box 32 Wilton CT 06897 USA

Mission:

Our mission is to provide immediate and ongoing peer support to families of children with cancer. Our programs are designed to provide families with everyday essentials to ease the burden of hospitalization, facilitate research and communication with family and friends, brighten a sick child's room, and generally support the family through the difficult days following a cancer diagnosis.

Programs:

Bags of love: provides a care package to families in the hospital on the day their child is diagnosed with cancer. Bags include toiletries, meal & parking vouchers, journal, purple pages-a resource guide, toy for child, blanket. We gave out 107 bags which provided comfort and valuable resources.

lifeline emergency funds provide financial assistance to families by giving gas and grocery cards as well as paying creditors directly for outstanding bills, these are capped at 1,500 annually. The hospital staff recommends families. We helped 133 households and 532 individuals ease the financial burdens they were facing.

art from the heart gives a child a home bedroom makeover which includes paint, linens, curtains and some furniture. Most of the work is done by high school volunteers. 13 rooms were completed and we were able to provide a distraction and cheer up these children. Children are selected by lottery.

holiday program provides gifts to children who are in the hospital on halloween and valentines day. We also distributes gifts to mothers and fathers who are spending mother's day and father's day in the hospital with their children. Helped 112 families cost: 1,902 hospital volunteer program trains and provides crafts and games to volunteerswho work at smilow cancer center in new haven in either the clinical or in-patient units. We have 30 volunteers working cost: 112 newsletter informs families of our programs and how we can help. Cost: 4,464 website provides information about resources to families. Cost: 5,876

2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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(203) 663-6893
www.thecircleofcare.org

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Reviews for Circle of Care for Families With Cancer, Incorporated

Rating: 5 stars  

I first learned of Circle of Care for Families of Children with Cancer when asked to volunteer on a fundraiser about 4 years ago. I have been volunteering ever since because I know my efforts can make a big difference!
What is immediately appealing about Circle of Care's services is the thoughtful and immediate help they provide to families; their care begins from the day of diagnosis and endures throughout the end of treatment, comforting patients as well as their families.
Circle of Care fulfills the emotional as well as the practical needs. Everyday essentials fill the Bags of Love and accompany patients on admittance; laptop computers are available for patient and parent use to ease communication and research, a resource directory and respite support from well-trained, loving volunteers, as well as financial aid are among our programs. The difference Circle of Care makes is palpable.
Circle of Care is a community of love and support to families who need it most and deserves top-rating status!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have met families for whom Circle of Care has helped. Each has commented on how Circle of Care has helped them get through their tough medical burden.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would increase the number of Board members in order to increase expertise and visibility to the organization.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

None

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I began as a fundraiser and am now trained as a hospital volunteer and currently serve on the board. I have introduced several new volunteers and helped to community exposure.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

My volunteer efforts are very satisfactory as I genuinely feel that I am making a difference for children and families.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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