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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

20 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.

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.

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.

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..

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Starlight Children's Foundation is a wonderful non-profit organization that brings joy, and happiness to very sick children and their families. I started interning at Starlight Midwest in June 2012, but had experienced Starlight's impact prior to arriving here. A seriously ill friend of mine got to use a fun centre while being in the hospital. It's so nice to be able to have a distraction, and just spend time with family and friends to forget about the hospital atmosphere. Starlight also does "Great Escapes" which allow for kids and families to experience normalcy and have fun being an average kid. These events are free for the starlight child and their family to attend, which allows for a stress free day. I'm very proud and grateful to say I was able to work with such an amazing foundation, helpful team, generous donors, and all around caring, good-hearted people that do such great things for sick kids and their families. I will continue to be heavily involved with this foundation and have had a truly rewarding experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is passionate about creating exciting and fun activities for children who critically and chronically ill. It's so great to see families go out and have a good time without having to worry about what others will think. The activies help families bond with others and allows them to have something to look forward to. Everyone in the organization was so sweet and you could tell that they were passionate about the work that they were doing. I would definitely recommend this organization to other people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Starlight Midwest is one of the greatest nonprofits I have ever been involved with. Their mission to help chronically ill children and their familes cope with the pain of illnesses is reflected in everything that they do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Hannah C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Esso

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.