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Bounce Children's Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Patient & Family Support

Mission: Bounce Children's Foundation creates community for chronically ill children and their families.

Target demographics: We create community for chronically ill children and their families.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 100+ families enjoy fun stress free activities

Geographic areas served: In and around the Chicago land area

Programs: Bounce Bash - Family adventures specially designed for children with complex medical needs to enjoy between hospital visits with their families and extended "Bounce Family". Bounce It Forward - Sports/theatre/other tickets are donated and kids/families use them and enjoy unexpected fun. Bounce Back Kits - Fun-filled care packages for families "locked in" and unable to leave home. Bounce Academy - Education for parents which enhances their ability to cope emotionally, financially, intellectually and psychologically. Bounce Net - Safe space online where parents form a community of shared support and resources.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Georgean H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love Bounce! We have met several great families and made friends we will always be grateful for. Bounce helps our family go to events that we would never be able to go to. These events help us forget our worries for a day. The staff is amazing and very supportive.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What i see is an organization that gets people together to show people do care

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family loves BOUNCE!! Bounce helps our family go to events that we would never be able to go to. We have met some great families that we have become friends with. These events help us be able to enjoy family time with our boys and forget all our worries for a day. The staff is amazing and very supportive!!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm a newer board member but I'm thrilled to be part of such a special organization. The impact that Bounce has for the children and their families is truly incredible.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bounce is great!!! Bounce plans lots of fun activities.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bounce is a wonderful organization!! It helps us to get together with other families that we can relate to and to meet up with friends that don't live nearby. Bounce also gives us the opportunity to expose our children to places and activities that we can not afford to visit on our own. It is a great learning and cultural experience for the children to be able to visit a museum or dance company. We are so appreciative of the opportunities provided by Bounce!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Bounce is an incredible resource for sick children and their families. We have been thanked profusely by parents we have referred to Bounce and were thrilled with the services they provide. We are so grateful to have them to partner with in meeting the many needs of chronically ill children.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bounce has been an Amazing life saver for our family. It is never easy having a child with an illness or disability. When therapies, doctors appointments and procedures are a weekly task it can put a strain on the entire family. Bounce has been the "pick me up" we have needed to make the tough daily tasks manageable.
They have given us the opportunity to make many wonderful memories that would not have been possible otherwise. It is wonderful to look forward to a Cubs game or trip to the museums or a show at the theatre to keep your mind off the crazy health issues we face daily.
Bounce has been a 2nd family to us. It is always great being able to speak with other famileies who are going through some of the same hard times to make your life feel normal.
We are extremely greatful for all the smiles, laughs and amazing memories we will forever have because of Bounce.

1 Bridgette T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bounce has provided our family with opportunities we would not have been able to have otherwise. It's given our boys something to look forward to do with their sister outside of hospitalizations and doctors appointments. It's created memories we will be able to smile about for a long time. THANK YOU BOUNCE!!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bounce brings our family together and we get to spend time other families.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

Bounce is a one-of-a-kind organization that helps bring community and joy back into the lives of chronically ill children and their families. And as a volunteer, I can assure you that the kids and families bring joy to the volunteers, too!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Bounce is amazing because it focuses on what makes a child feel like a normal kid. For a few hours, a kid isn't just their illness. On top of that, it provides this feeling for the entire family. Such an important thing that is too often overlooked

1 Victoria E.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to get to know some of the amazingly strong families that Bounce works with. Not only is Bounce unique in their service compared to any other organization, but Bounce truly makes a memorable and lasting impact on all parties involved.

2 Joan S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is truly an honor to serve Bounce Children's Foundation. There is nothing that can prepare one to be, to grow up alongside, or to raise, a chronically ill child. That's why Bounce exists - to help all who are impacted find a new normal, re-balance their lives, and connect with a group to feel that special sense of belonging.

Bounce builds community for chronically ill children and their families - until cures can be found. And it is unique, only Bounce offers this life-changing support and builds the resilience skills needed to move from simply surviving to truly thriving!

With 15%-18% of U.S. children battling chronic illness daily, we have much more work to do.
Each and every day we focus on growing Bounce while delivering the best quality programs possible. Thankfully we have dozens of talented and dedicated volunteers supporting our efforts and countless donors who make our work possible. Their contributions and Bounce’s impact is highlighted throughout our internet and social media presence at www.BounceChildrensFoundation.org and www.Facebook.com/BounceChildrensFoundation.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with Bounce has been an incredible one. As a volunteer, I have been able to see the impact it has on the kids and the families. The programs it provides are truly invaluable.

1 Aimee A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I truly cannot say enough wonderful things about Bounce! As a volunteer there are endless opportunities to get involved with this organization. Depending on your interests, availability, and skill set there are a variety of tasks you may partake in to help serve Bounce kids and families. Regardless, each task and contribution is meaningful, appreciated, and respected. It's also fun! It is inspiring to see how every member of the team from the Board of Directors to Volunteers are equally invested to the mission. Within my first couple of days interacting with the Bounce Team, I realized that these individuals are so engaged and passionate about serving kids with chronic illnesses and their families that there is only talk proceeded by action (and a lot of it). It is nothing short of amazing. From a volunteer standpoint, I am in awe. From a volunteer's standpoint who struggled with a chronic illness growing up, I am grateful. When I was a kid there was no such thing as Bounce. I am so happy that Bounce is there to support kids and families. It's so deeply needed. I can't wait to see all the great things Bounce continues to do in the next few years!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Bounce is a wonderful organization which genuinely aims to aid children with chronic illnesses.