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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.