RESCU FOUNDATION INC

Rating: 5 stars   3 reviews

Issues: Health, Human Services

Location: Renaissance Entertainers Services Crafters United 2206 N. Main St #223 Wheaton IL 60187 USA

Mission: The RESCU Foundation is a non-profit organization established to promote and maintain the health and medical well-being of the participants of Renaissance Faires, historical performances and other artistic events through financial assistance, advocacy, education and preventative programs.
Geographic areas served: nationwide
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EIN 31-1606346
800-374-9215
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Rating: 5 stars  

I performed as a volunteer advocate in coordination with RESCU, helping a member of the community navigate the healthcare process and finding much-needed help. The RESCU team was accessible and came through with quick financial aid when needed. I was gratified, knowing that the organization was there to support the client and my intervention, which certainly would not have been possible without their help!

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In the summer of '09 my husband and I were performing in Wisconsin, hundreds of miles from home, when Gregg doubled over with unbearable pains in his abdomen. We were both very healthy, so this was a real scare. We held off as long as we could, but finally, on our doctor's advice, went to the emergency room.

It turned out to be a kidney stone. I stayed engaged and informed with the hospital about what was being done, but even with refusal of redundant tests and treatments, and no follow-up visits, the hospital bill was over five thousand dollars: enough to dissolve our business and take us off the road, if RESCU had not been around. Between negotiation and financial support we were able to continue our performances without missing a single date. We put out our best album that year, and we're still performing today.

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

I first heard of RESCU in 06, when a 17 year old acrobat who performed with his delightful family discovered a congenital back defect, through a fall that would have left his leg useless. RESCU paid for the therapy that put him back on the stage with his siblings. Every RenFair worker know someone whose life and living have been preserved by this charity. It has more than enthusiastic support among the people it benefits. Managed by a dedicated handful, it benefits a highly interdependent community.

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

I have heard that RESCU may eventually be able to offer a cooperative group insurance plan to RenFair workers and performers. I hope eventually this can happen.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer with RESCU almost since its inception. We have held many fund-raising events, including some quite imaginative ones, and one thing that shines through all the events is the community spirit and desire to help.
The community it serves is one that will always find it hard to get insurance, even if many could afford it. The many educational and preventative medicine programs have had a positive effect, and any assistance provided through programs such as this are necessary and very much appreciated.

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

friends who have been assisted.

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

If I had access to money, I would provide it with a permanent endowment.

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?

A lot

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?

More access to outside funds, as in more open fund-raising events.

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

I am always affected by people who give of themselves openly.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Like there is hope for the world, with people who will use their imaginations to make fundraising fun.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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