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Integrative Touch for Kids

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Family Services, Health, Health Support, Human Services, Rehabilitative Care

Mission: ITK supports families whose children have any type of special health or medical need. This includes kids with cancers, genetic conditions, autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic stress, and other serious health issues. We reach 3500 people each year and provide more than 100 different integrative healing therapies such as massage, sound healing, reflexology, energy, equine, play and music therapies through our many programs. ITK works in both the hospital and community settings to change the way people view healthcare. We engage communities in support of families struggling with special medical needs, improving the quality of life for all. Thanks to the incredible support of our volunteers and contributors, families receive our healing services free of charge.

Target demographics: Children with special medical needs, their families, and their communities

Direct beneficiaries per year: 3500

Geographic areas served: Community & Hospital settings

Programs: patients, family, & staff/volunteers in our hospital and community programs receive integrative wellness services - all free of charge! These include gentle, comfort therapies such as therapeutic touch and bio-field techniques to promote relaxation, stress reduction, and an overall sense of well being.

Community Stories

49 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Integrative Touch for Kids (ITK) is an amazing, visionary non-profit. I first learned about their work about two years ago. Their Hospital Heroes Program at Banner Children’s Medical Center stands out. It offers integrative therapy modalities like massage, Healing Touch, play therapy, and acupressure for hospitalized children and their families free of charge. As young child I went through many traumatic medical experiences, so right away I wanted to help support this wonderful program. ITK’s Hospital Heroes therapists make a big difference. They help calm fearful kids and reduce the pain and worry that can come with stressful hospital stays or chemotherapy. The results are so remarkable that the Hospital Heroes Program is leading the way for other children’s hospitals to do the same. To this end, ITK is presenting its program research at several national conferences this year. Today I now serve as a volunteer grant writer for ITK. I’ve met so many inspiring people and heard many deeply moving stories. I’m grateful and honored to help support ITK’s important work. They are a true treasure in our Tucson community!

Irene C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

ITK has given us the tools to take with us to grow a stronger family bond with integrative therapy. It has given us an opportunity not only to look at my child's needs but our needs as a family. It has grow a stronger support unit with like minded people. Mom support group has been a blessing regardless of our distance from each other we still keep in touch and communicate on a regular basis. We are family.

Picture taken in 2016. Mom participants for 2014

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a retired teacher, when looking for a place to volunteer, kids were to be the main focus and Integrative Touch for Kids certainly fit that bill. The impact this nonprofit has on children and their entire family is incredible. ITK focuses on the health of not only the ailing child, but the family as well since an illness impacts everyone. Being in a hospital is a scary place for many and with the help of Integrative Touch for Kids, patients and their families are able to relax and breathe a little easier. Throughout the year, one on one hospital visits, the fabulous ITK Play Dates, and their Healing Circles, allow healing to begin.
If you are looking for a place to help out your community either through your volunteering services or through a donation of money, Integrative Touch for Kids is a wonderful spot. It’s a wonderful organization where everyone involved is dedicated to the betterment and wellness of children and their families. I encourage you to become involved.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for a few months now as a grant writer with ITK. As a "serial volunteer", I have been involved with several non-profits over the years. ITK is one of the most well-run and passionate organizations I have encountered. I had the opportunity to "shadow" one of their healing practitioners as she worked directly with pediatric patients, providing comfort therapy to them during hospital stays. What a unique and valuable service they offer to these children. I am honored to play a small role in the continued success of this special organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a retired Special Education Teacher. I was looking for some volunteer work and heard about ITK from a friend. The first retreat I volunteered at was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I saw what a life changing experience it was, not only for the families chosen for the retreat, but also for all the many volunteers. From then on I was hooked. I have been a part of 3 retreats and will be participating in my fourth this summer. ITK is truly a great non-profit.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A spectacular nonprofit organization that stands for a wonderful cause. ITK reaches out to the families and children of Tucson with special medical needs in a unique and caring way. I am proud to offer continued support for this organization and am thankful to have been a part of it. What a life changing experience!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a current volunteer for Integrative Touch for Kids, I can confidently say that the time I have spent with the organization has been 100% positive. I have gained valuable knowledge on integrative medicine, supporting the special needs community as well as personal relations experience. It is always a pleasant working environment with all co-volunteers, employees and leadership. The ITK mission is inspiring to be a part of and the perfect place for a community member to share their time.