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  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

Recently, we held our ‘Father’s Day at the Lincoln Park Zoo’ Great Escape event for over 20 Starlight Families. During one activity, a zoo-wide scavenger hunt, volunteers were stationed at eight different checkpoints for families to find. At each station, families had to complete a physical challenge (e.g. Waddle like a penguin, bark like a seal, give your dad a bear hug) and answer a trivia question (e.g. Q: What color is a polar bear’s fur? A: Trick question--the fur is transparent!), before receiving a clue to the next station. Both Starlight families and volunteers had a blast—one participant even climbed into a tree to earn extra points for the ‘act like a monkey’ challenge! At this event, Starlight Families had the opportunity to spend time with one another and return home with a renewed sense of strength.

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

volunteer opportunities with our Great Escapes Program.

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

find a way to decrease the length of waitlists for our events. If Starlight received more funding, we could facilitate bigger Great Escapes and insure that every Starlight Family that wants to attend an event is able to.

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

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

I planned and executed a Great Escape event from start to finish. I do not know of any other organization that mentors and supports its interns at this level.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Thankful

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

After volunteering at a recent event at the Lincoln Park Zoo I had a chance to see firsthand how important Starlight is in many families that are coping with the illness of a child. Starlight's dedication to ensuring all the families had a wonderful time and were taken care of was amazing and I look forward to future opportunities to work with them!

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

Seeing the amazing positive impact that the Starlight events have on the children and families that attend them.

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

Try to reach out to more volunteers on college campuses. The more people know about Starlight, the more they want to get involved!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am so grateful for my experience at Starlight Children's Foundation Midwest. Before becoming an intern, I had not heard of Starlight. I am glad that I was able to have an internship with Starlight. Not only have I been able to help touch the life of the children and their families, but Starlight has touched me as well. I have been able to gain experience in an office setting. One of the best experiences I have had with Starlight was being able to pass out boxes of Christmas gifts to our families. They were so thankful and touched by the generosity of strangers. I learned that even the littlest things can make a big difference. I know that I will always be connected to Starlight Midwest.

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

working in the office and being able to attend some of the Great Escapes.

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

not make any changes.

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  

Before I moved to Chicago, I didn’t know anything about Starlight Children’s Foundation. After interning with this organization for a semester, I know I will always be involved in Starlight Children’s Foundation. Working with this non profit organization in particular has allowed me to gain so much and see how Starlight touches kid’s lives. When I get a chance to go to the great escapes, the enthusiasm and energy the kids have could light up a room, because of what Starlight does. This past Saturday I got the chance to attend a cosmic bowling great escape. I painted children’s faces, helped them write thank you cards, and got to capture the moments on camera. Every child had a smile on their face. I was also thanked every five minutes for what I do. The mission of Starlight describes it all, they brighten children’s lives. Without Starlight many children who are suffering would not have the opportunity to escape the pain and fear of their illness. I am thankful for the chance to work with Starlight Children’s Foundation Midwest and help in brightening kid’s lives.

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

Working in the office and with Starlight Children through great escapes.

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

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 am so grateful for my experience with Starlight Midwest. As a volunteer intern, I am able to help improve the quality of life for critically ill children and their families by planning family outings and hospital celebrations. I sent a St. Patrick’s Day “Party in a Box” that included party and craft supplies to several hospitals throughout Midwest so that the children could still enjoy this holiday even if confined to pediatric care units. I felt so much joy receiving emails and letters from the hospitals expressing their appreciation for the gifts, and I am thankful that my service helped distract the children from the pain and stress of their everyday lives. I am now planning a Mothers’ Day Great Escape in which young girls and their mothers can enjoy a “princess party,” getting makeovers, playing dress-up, and riding in a Hummer Limo. I can’t wait to witness the fun and excitement! Not only has Starlight given me the opportunity to provide these wonderful services, but through my internship I have learned great project-planning skills that will transfer into my future career.

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

attending Great Escapes and witnessing families having fun as they take their minds off of the children's illnesses.

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

Nothing needs to be changed.

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?

Nothing.

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

I learned that I really enjoy event planning and was taught the necessary skills to be successful at it.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I felt great knowing that by doing something I enjoy I was able to brighten the day of children with serious illnesses and their families.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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