Starlight Children's Foundation Midwest

Rating: 4.93 stars   43 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Health

Location: 30 E Adams St St 1020 Chicago IL 60603 USA

Mission: Starlight Children's Foundation Midwest partners with experts to improve the life and health of kids and families in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Results: Starlight Midwest provides support to more than 330,000 kids and family members each year.
Target demographics: Children who have chronic or life-threatening illnesses or life-altering injuries and their family members.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 330,000
Geographic areas served: Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan
Programs: Great Escape, Day Brighteners, Starlight Fun Centers, Hospital Happenings and Starlight Sites
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 94-3046501
312-251-7827
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Rating: 5 stars  

Every day, 1 in 11 American children battle critical anc chronic medical conditions. Starligt provides unique and vital resources to children touched by serious illnes. We serve children and teens of all ages, regardless of disease or injury, gender, race, ethnicity, or socio-economic status. And we support their families too. ~ I have Volunteered with Starlight for 18 years. A wonderful 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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Sent: Monday, April 11, 2011 12:01 PM

Dear Meredith, Joan, Corey, and Jordyn,
I just wanted to send you a quick note and say thanks for the sweet Card I received in the mail today!

I have always loved working with Starlight through the years and helping to make the kids life's better!!

The nice thing about volunteering for starlight there has been so many ways to help..

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I have always been so grateful to those who have helped my in my life.. and will be forever GRATEFUL! It has been such a joy to do something for others... To give back.. But sometimes I feel like I get just as much out of it. So I just want to say THANK YOU!! for giving me the opportunity to make a difference in someone else's life!!

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

Without Starlight's support of pediatric hospitals throughout the DC area and surrounding states - and the country - and overseas - I can't imagine how we could afford all the important programs they provide for hospitalized kids. Thank you Starlight.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Starlight is beautiful & special in our family's hearts. They provide possibilities to children that wouldn't have opportunities otherwise.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Starlight Children's Foundation is a wonderful non-profit organization that brings joy, and happiness to very sick children and their families. I started interning at Starlight Midwest in June 2012, but had experienced Starlight's impact prior to arriving here. A seriously ill friend of mine got to use a fun centre while being in the hospital. It's so nice to be able to have a distraction, and just spend time with family and friends to forget about the hospital atmosphere. Starlight also does "Great Escapes" which allow for kids and families to experience normalcy and have fun being an average kid. These events are free for the starlight child and their family to attend, which allows for a stress free day. I'm very proud and grateful to say I was able to work with such an amazing foundation, helpful team, generous donors, and all around caring, good-hearted people that do such great things for sick kids and their families. I will continue to be heavily involved with this foundation and have had a truly rewarding experience.

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

the reactions and comments of families, kids, volunteers, coworkers. This is a very rewarding foundation to be a part of.

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

help to get the word out, make Starlight Midwest better known as we aren't reaching as many families due to the fact that many sick kids and their families are unaware we exist. We want to be able to help as many sick children and their families as possible!

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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

I am always learning something new at Starlight! It really is a team atmosphere and the people you work with are awesome!

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

This experience was very rewarding and gratifying. It feels amazing to be a part of such a wonderful, generous, and thoughtful foundation.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization is passionate about creating exciting and fun activities for children who critically and chronically ill. It's so great to see families go out and have a good time without having to worry about what others will think. The activies help families bond with others and allows them to have something to look forward to. Everyone in the organization was so sweet and you could tell that they were passionate about the work that they were doing. I would definitely recommend this organization to other people.

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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Starlight Midwest is one of the greatest nonprofits I have ever been involved with. Their mission to help chronically ill children and their familes cope with the pain of illnesses is reflected in everything that they do.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter has alot of medical problems. We have been with this program for almost 2 years. It is so nice to go some where where you don't worry about allergies etc. I know it is safe for her. I like it that we can meet other families. She went to the Glee Prom and that was memories to last a life time.Also she met some wonderful friends. When you have a child with medical problems you don't get to do many outtings because they may be unsafe for the child or money. Medical bills are expensive. It is so nice to have a day to laugh. Best of all to see your child smile is priceless. Thank you Starlight for being there for us..

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They have been there for us. For Christmas they gave us gifts. We had no money to buy them. They do so many nice things for children.. The outtings are wonderful!!

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

Hopefully they can raise more money and be able to serve more children and families.. Everyone with a child with medical problems should have a Starlight..

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

My friend told us about this.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

They gave my child a chance to be a child and be with other kids. They taught her it is okay to have medical problems and there are other chldren that have medical problems too. You can still have fun..

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

My family has been involved with The Starlight Children's Foundation for almost 10 years now. We enjoy many events as well as making many friends. We have several that we have been friends with the entire 10 years. It is awesome to be able to do things we normally would not be able to afford to do, thankfully Starlight give us opportunities to do things we would not be able to partake in.
Having a daughter who has spent MANY days inpatient in the hospital, the fun centers have been a true help. Not only for my daughter who is in the hospital, but for her sister's who also get the chance to play with the fun centers. They have a blast and the Wii definitely makes time pass faster for us all!!
The hospital magicians are sure to bring a smile to everyone's face and are truly enjoyed by my family. We have seen them in outpatient waiting areas as well as in house.

The girls over the years have made friendships with not only other Starlight families, but with volunteers and employees as well.

A Child's smile is life's greatest blessings... Starlight has give my family many!! And, for that we are forever grateful...

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

I have 2 daughters who are chronically ill and are Starlight Children.

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

Not a thing, you guys are doing a great job.... Keep up the great work!!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Through the hospital social worker.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

It has given my family the opportunity to do things that we would not be able to afford having 2 chronically ill children.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Coming into my internship here at Starlight I wasn't sure what to expect. But now, after being here for 2 months, I have learned why Starlight is so special- Its staff is made of truly genuine and caring employees who give everything to execute the foundation's mission and help families and children in need. I have seen how much work is necessary in order to run all of the events and fundraisers as smoothly as Starlight does and am happy to contribute 120% to such an astounding cause. This is not an organization that I will be assisting with for 2 months and leave- It has made a special place in my heart and look forward to be a part of this organzation for many years to come! When you hear the touching stories of the children and families postively affected by our organzation, nothing brings more joy!

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

This organzation has touched my heart- I come to work everyday excited to be a part of something so unique and special to many families and children in the midwest.

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

None- Such a great environment with amazing people and a beautiful cause!

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the honor to be an intern with Starlight Children's Foundation Midwest over the last month, and am continuing throughout the summer. This organization is very special in a variety of ways. The work place is extremely efficient, supportive, encouraging and fun. There is a sense of passion and commitment within every member of the organization, and it is empowering to work with an organization where the different members are absolutely on the same page with one another. While there is a lot of work that goes on in the office, I leave each day feeling like I am giving back to the community, in particular to the children and families that we serve. While attending the various events I have had the pleasure to help plan and execute, I leave feeling extremely happy and proud because of the differences we make in the lives of these families. On top of that, it is great to hear such positive feedback from our families and kids - like Starlight helps them to just feel like the kids they are and forget about being sick! Overall, I believe Starlight to be an absolutely unique and outstanding NonProfit organization that is truly irreplacable - it is remarkable to talk to families pre-Starlight and post-Starlight and see the difference in morale and attitude.

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

Speaking with families at events and after events. I have also seen the genuine happiness and joy on the faces of the families and children, and it makes me appreciate my life more than I ever have in my life. While Starlight changes the lives of sick children and their families, it has absolutely without a doubt changed mine as well.

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

Make it better known! It is remarkable how many families who need our care recognize what we are doing and apply. I wish that anyone and everyone in need of Starlight's services knew about us.

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