The Heart Connection

Rating: 4.97 stars   110 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Cancer

Location: 1221 Center St Ste 12 Des Moines IA 50309 USA

Mission: We enhance the quality of life for families connected through childhood cancer, and create opportunities to learn, play, and share.
Geographic areas served: Iowa and surrounding states
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 42-1313167
515-243-6239
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Rating: 5 stars  

The environment CCC provides is amazing. I volunteered at sibling camp this past summer and the organization provides such a family like atmosphere for not only the children at camp but the staff as well. The siblings were able to spend a week in the spotlight! The camp also has so many traditions that I felt like it might be overwhelming for a new camper, but everyone there is so open to welcoming new members into this CCC "family".

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

camp

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

not change a thing

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Volunteering with Children's Cancer Connection is an emotionally rewarding experience. The children and families taught me more about life than one can possibly hope to learn on their own. They teach perseverance, acceptance, honesty, compassion, and respect, among many other things. Working with the camp programs was the highlight of my years as a counselor. Watching the children grow throughout the week of camp was an incredibly experience that I will take with me throughout life. My time with Children's Cancer Programs has confirmed my future career goal of working in pediatric oncology nursing. Heartfelt thanks to the children, families, and staff of CCC for making everyone's lives a little better.

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

my personal life. Through CCC I have learned invaluable lessons to motivate me through nursing school and my future career.

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

change nothing. You guys are fabulous!

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

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Children's Cancer Connection is an amazing organization run by some truly special people who go above and beyond the call of duty to work to improve the lives of children and families dealing with childhood cancer. When I lived in the Des Moines area, it was an honor to volunteer with them and I would encourage anyone capable of helping out this fantastic cause!

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

Seeing the smiles on children's faces and hearing the stories told of how this group can help better the lives of so many people.

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

Give them access to more funds so more children from all over the state could feel their impact!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering at Children's Cancer Connection for about 3 months now and I love every minute of it. I go to blank and do arts and crafts with the children while they wait to see the doctor. No matter what kind of day I am having, these kids can always put a smile on my face. I will hopefully be helping out at the week long summer camp this summer for children with cancer, put on by the Children's Cancer Connection. I am very excited for my future with this organization!

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

every way possible. Every time I go up to the hospital, the kids can always put a smile on my face and brighten my day.

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

make more times available to volunteer.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered for Children's Cancer Connection for a little over five years now. I was introduced to them while going to DMACC. I imediately fell in love with what they stood for and what they do! I couldn't help but be sucked in by all the smiling little faces and awesome people that work for and volunteer forChildren's Cancer Connection. By volunteering I have made so many new friends and had so many great experiences that I wouldn't trade for the world! I am very happy to be a part of this awesome family!

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

Bring people together. It truly is amazing how much cancer touches everyones lives. I think it is great that they offer a wide range of services for family to take part in and the help they offer while they are going through such tough time in their lives.

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

There are none at this time.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering with Children's Cancer Connection for 5 years now and I have loved every minute of it. This organization provides such wonderful support not only to children with a cancer diagnosis, but to their families as well. And they stick with them from start to finish... and beyond! I have seen firsthand the effect this organization has on kids and their families, and how dedicated these families are to the organization.

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

the way kids are able to overcome such incredible obstacles. With the support of Children's Cancer Connection and the other families this organization connects them with, they know they are not alone.

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

increase their funding, continue to branch out through the Survivorship programming and more, keep doing more of the great stuff they're doing!

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?

2010

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This summer will mark my tenth year (week) volunteering at Camp Heart Connection. The kids and staff keep me coming back every year. What I like most about Children's Cancer Connection is their understanding that cancer affects the whole family. Children's Cancer Connection is there for the entire family through the entire journey. It's hard to explain the sense of community I feel every summer when I go to camp, even when words aren't spoken about the heartaches these kids must face there is an undersanding among them and a bond I cannot explain. The Children's Cancer Connection is there for familes when they need support the most. I feel privilaged to get to share a week with such an amazing group of people that are wise beyond their years and keep me grounded and focused on what's really important in life.

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

Interacting with families and children affected by childhood cancer. The fears these kids overcome and the things they are able to experience in one short week a year help them build confidence and friendships that will last them a lifetime.

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

Increase their funding!

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?

Wal-mart run after orientation.

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

Yes. Going to camp every year helps me remember those friends I lost to cancer while I was growing up. I make new friends at camp every year. I've helped shy kids come out of their shells and be a part of the group.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It makes me feel really good. I didn't realize the impact counselors have on their campers lives until one of the very first campers I had came back to me 6 years later and told me she remembered every story I told her at camp. It feels really good to know I can have a positive impact on the campers and help them through a difficult time in their lives.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Children's Cancer Connection is a fabulous organization that helps kids who are dealing with cancer! Growing up is hard enough and I'm so glad there is an organization helping sick kids get through this.

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

Des Moines, Iowa

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

Make their job easier and give them more funding!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Heart Connection is a wonderful organization for Cancer children and parents. The staff is dedicated to hard work to make this a wonderful experience for all.

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

A relative loved to work with other co-workers

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

Make no changes.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Childrens Cancer Connection is a wonderful organization that I have worked closely with for several years. The staff is incredible and their number one concern is for the children and trying to give them some happiness during their difficult journey fighting cancer.

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

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

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