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Starlight Children's Foundation Midwest

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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Health, Patient & Family Support

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

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Community Stories

41 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Starlight Midwest is an amazing organization. Through them our family has been able to participate in so many wonderful events. Having a special needs child often makes it difficult to participate in things such as going to the zoo or attending a ball game. Starlight Midwest takes all of the hassle away and let's us enjoy just like any other family!

cindyjosefson

Client Served

Rating: 5

Starlight gives us opportunities to attend special events and connect with other families facing similar challenges. We would not be able to afford these events if not for Starlights generousity We have been a starlight family since 2007!

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a non profit hospital we rely on donations of toys, games and books to allow our children to have less boredoom and stress while in the hospital. The items that Starlight provides allow us to help our kids heal faster and use our funds for the medical side of the hospital. Starlight has excellent quality and timeliness and they are very good at communication regarding what is available and how to receive it. They are a 1st class organization and we are blessed to be a partner with them.

Anna74

Client Served

Rating: 5

Starlight has been a joy to be part of . The events and the experince of meeting other families is wonderful. It has given my family time away to enjoy ourselves and break away from stress. Thank you Starlight and keep up the fantastic work.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Starlight foundation has been a blessing to my son as well as the rest of my family. Whatever events they may have to offer are always well Planned and organized with the goal being to give everyone a good time, it is always Appreciated. We are also grateful to the wonderful staff, volunteers, and most of all the event sponsors, we are truly grateful for your selfless generosity.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Starlight is been exceptional providing to my entire family with great ways to enjoy events that takes our mind away from hospital, pain, medical bills, etc. It's nice to have the opportunity for my 6 kids to enjoy an event were they can see their little sister laugh and having fun. Once in while is nice to have the opportunity to take our kids to enjoy an activity that it's free, don't need to worry about the financial stress. Starlight is been providing my entire family with an amazing time in every single event.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Starlight Chrildren's foundation Midwest is a organization that works beyond imagination to help kids with serious illness/disabilities and their families to have enjoyable/worry free time with the numerous events/programs they offer. My family had a great time in a baseball game. It's the best gift to be able to see a big smile in our child's face that spend lots of her time in a hospital for surgeries. It's a great feeling to be able to have recreational time with out worry the financial part. Starlight is a great organization that help us to be able to have worry free family time. Thanks!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've had the pleasure of working with Starlight as a volunteer and YES board member for the past 5 years. I have witnessed first hand the positive changes that Starlight has made on the children and their families. I know Starlight will continue to enhance the lives of terminally ill children and my hope is that more families take advantage of their services.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have now seen Starlight from the inside out, and have been very impressed with the work they do. They are thoughtful in how they use donor money, and never fail to bring smiles to families' faces. Everyone I have ever encouraged to work with Starlight comes away genuinely impressed and excited to support the organization in any way they can. I am so proud to be involved with Starlight.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working with the Starlight organization for about 2 years now, and I am continuously blown away by the work they do and the impact they have not only on the children, but the families of the children as well.

It's tragic what these kids have to go through, and the work Starlight does to bring some brightness and positive outlook into the lives of the people involved is amazing. It goes much deeper than treatment and hospital stays - it helps the kids and parents cope with what can seem to be an impossible situation at times. The stories I've heard and kids I've had the privilege of interacting with first-hand are a great testament to the work Starlight does.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

Jason V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were introduced to Starlight when my son was very young and undergoing treatment for renal insufficiency. We have been able to attend many of the events in the Milwaukee area and a couple in the Chicago area. They treat the whole family with dignity and enthusiasm. What a joy to be welcomed into this group!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Starlight Children's Foundation is a wonderful organization giving kids experiences that they might not otherwise get. We were lucky enough to receive tickets for our family of 4 to see Kenny Chesney in Milwaukee, WI last weekend. Wow! What an incredible experience. What topped off the whole night was the fact that it didn't cost us anything. That was really great. We would not have been able to go if it weren't for Starlight. We have thoroughly enjoyed their escapes over the past couple of years. This one topped the list, though.

Jason46

Donor

Rating: 5

Each year, I host a fundraiser that raises money for a Great Nonprofit. I my mind, one of the greatest I have encountered was Starlight Midwest. I have been at many of the kids' events and have seen firsthand the impact this organization makes on the children (and families) they serve. One of their precious smiles will change your day... a roomful will change your life.

Dustin J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Michael97

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

Debbie61

Donor

Rating: 5

My grand niece was born with Cystic Fibrosis over 30 years ago. In part because of CFRI she has been able to marry and have a child. This is a miracle that was not thought possible at the time of her birth. Thank you, CFRI, not only for the gift of life, but even more for providing research that has resulted in real quality of life for my grand niece and so many oters like her!

Juliet S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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..