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  

We love the blank pillow cases as the children can decorate or leave messages for their loved one that is hospitalized. Or we use them so when visitors come they sign in so the pt knows who is sending well wishes. We have also used them for the parents to write a note to their child so that while they are apart they are never really very far to lay on the love note sent from their parent.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

As someone who has volunteered for many years and for a wide variety of nonprofit organizations I can say without hesitation that Starlight Children's Foundation Midwest is the best agency with which I have ever been affiliated. Each of the staff members and volunteers is fully dedicated to Starlight's mission, and this shows in the wonderful events put on for all of the deserving children and families. I am truly honored to be a part of such an amazing organization, and I fully plan to remain involved with Starlight for many years to come.

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

None.

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?

2013

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

Starlight always goes out of the way to ensure that its families and kids are well taken care of. Each year Starlight surpasses the prior year's events and services, and Starlight families always know they can count on the organization for continued support and a sense of understanding and community.

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  

I was a volunteer for Starlight Children's Foundation Midwest annual Gala this year and I felt as if all the workers and volunteers were on the same page and were working for a single common goal. Starlight does great things for ill children and their families, in various different ways. For all the nonprofits that I've had the chance to work for, Starlight has been the most dedicated towards a goal and the faculty and other volunteers were a joy to work with. Starlight Midwest does wonders and will continue to for quite sometime.

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

Absolutely nothing

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?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Starlight Midwest truly sets the bar for making charity work about the people they serve. As a volunteer for Starlight, I have felt that the families truly come first, and that my time is valued and spent wisely. The Great Escapes are so unique since they focus on the entire family, and not just the child themselves. As much as the kids love it, the parents may enjoy it more! Truly a wonderful, world-class, and honest charity. Go Starlight!

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?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Starlight Children's Foundation Midwest is a truly empowering organization. It empowers its staff, volunteers, and interns to be creative, innovative workers. It empowers its families and children to be happy by providing safe-spaces where every kid can just be a kid, without stares or judgement. I am very grateful for the time I've been able to spend with this organization.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Long time volunteer for Starlight Children's Foundation and 2 years ago move to Indiana and joined as volunteer Starlight Children's Foundation Midwest. Great Escape events I have been involved with include zoo party, halloween party, Golfing with the Notre Dame Men's Golf Team and other sporting events at Notre Dame including Spring Blue and Gold Football game, volleyball game and softball game. Recently helped Notre Dame students with a Halloween Party and now organizing a Christmas Party. Also volunteer with the Hospital Happenings Program with bingo and crafts at local hospital. Starlight Children's Foundation makes a big difference in the lives of children with serious medical condtions and their family members.

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

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

Starlight Children's Foundation is a GREAT organization. For over 20 years Starlight Children's Foundation has been dedicated to improving the lives or children with serious medical conditions and their families by providing in and out of hospital activities, entertainment and education. Starlight Children's Foundation Midwest Chapter services the states of Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan. I have been a volunteer for Starlight Children's Foundation of Colorado and am now a volunteer for Starlight Children's Foundation Midwest. I truely enjoy both the in-hospital activites including Fun Centers, Hospital Happenings and Starlight Bears and the out of hospital Great Escape program. The kids always look forward to our next event.

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?

Okay

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  

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..

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

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...

NONE

 
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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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