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2-1-1
Population served: Everyone in the U.S. (check the website for availability in your area) 

Mission: 2-1-1 is the telephone number of a call center that offers information and provides referrals to health and human services for everyday needs and in times of crisis. Services vary from community to community.  

Examples of service referrals include:
  • Basic human need resources: food banks, clothing, shelters, rent assistance and utility assistance
  • Physical and mental health resources: medical information lines, crisis intervention services, counseling, drug and alcohol intervention
  • Employment support: unemployment benefits, financial assistance, job training, transportation assistance and education programs
  • Support for older Americans and persons with disabilities: home healthcare, adult daycare, congregate meals, Meals on Wheels, respite care, transportation and homemaker services
  • Support for children, youth and families: childcare, family resource centers, summer camps and recreation programs, mentoring, tutoring and protective services.

2-1-1 Canada
Population served:
Certain sections of Canada (check the website for availability in your area)

Mission: 2-1-1 is the telephone number of a call center that offers information and provides referrals to health and human services for everyday needs and in times of crisis. Services vary from community to community.

Examples of service referrals include:

  • Health services and support
  • Financial and social assistance
  • Housing and utility help
  • Food assistance and meal programs
  • Senior services and home care
  • Government program assistance
  • Parenting and family programs
  • Disability support services
  • Volunteer organizations
  • Newcomer services
  • Mental health support

A Special Wish Foundation   
Contact: 614-258-3186
Population served:  Children under the age of 21 diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. Grants wishes in Ohio first, as they are based in Ohio, and out-of-state wishes on a case-by-case basis.
Other language(s): Spanish

Mission: To grant wishes to children with life-threatening/terminal medical disorders, thereby enhancing the quality of their life while providing emotional support to their family.

Childhood Leukemia Foundation
Contact:
888-253-7109
Population served: Children with cancer and their families

Mission: To educate, empower and raise awareness and the necessary funds to support programs that benefit children living with cancer. Programs improve health literacy, increase self-esteem and empower cancer victims with hope. CLF believes that by working together, we can make a difference one child at a time.

  • WISH BASKETS provides Wish Baskets to help lift the spirits of these young cancer patients during a particularly difficult time in their lives. The baskets are filled with age appropriate items such as pajama bottoms with a matching pillow case, an MP3 player, individual games and a $50 Gift Card to purchase another wish item(s) of their choice
  • HUGS U WEAR offers human hair wigs to young cancer patients who have lost their own hair due to chemotherapy treatments. The Hug U Wear is a 100% human hair wig that is sewn into a lightweight cap and comes with a detachable hat. The child can choose from several styles to help deal with the stress and embarrassment of hair loss
  • HOPE BINDERS to help improve a patient's level of health literacy. Pediatric oncology patients and their families are often overwhelmed with the amount of medical and insurance information associated with a chronic illness such as cancer. The Hope Binder has 12 sections to reference and record, in their own words, medical information regarding the child's treatment. The binders also include an assortment of informational booklets regarding pain management and dietary tips, as well as, a 75 minute pre-paid telephone calling card to keep in close contact with friends and family.

Clayton Dabney Foundation for Kids with Cancer
Contact: 214-361-2600
Population served: Needy children 18 years old or younger in the last stages of terminal cancer

Mission: Provides needy families, with children in the last stages of terminal cancer, assistance in creating everlasting memories. The assistance is arranged through the parents and is anonymous to the child.

  • Medicine of the Heart is an outreach program that has helps families and distributes monies to provide last wishes, gifts and financial assistance to terminally ill children and their needy families across the U.S.
  • If a child is under the age of 21, was diagnosed before turning 18 and is still being treated in pediatric oncology, may still qualify for assistance
  • One member of child's medical team must apply
  • There is a $2,000 cap per family.

Cleaning for a Reason
Contact: info@cleaningforareason.org
Population served: Women with cancer

Mission: Provide housecleaning for women currently being treated for cancer.

  • Partner with maid services to offer professional house cleanings to help women undergoing treatment for cancer

Grahamtastic Connection
Contact:
(207) 324-0888 Ext.209
Population served: Critically ill children, 18 years of age or younger, living in the United States  

Mission: To provide free laptops to critically ill children for educational purposes.

  • Lending library" lends laptops to children when hospitalized or bed-ridden so that they can continue to connect with their teachers and classrooms, to obtain education materials and to submit homework assignments.
  • Professional from child's medical team must submit request and parents must complete referral form.

Dream Foundation
Contact: 805-564-2131,ext. 124
Population served:  Any adult, age 18 years or older in the U.S. who has received a year or less prognosis, and cannot financially afford their dream or wish themselves
Other language(s): Spanish

Mission: Dream Foundation grants final dreams from the heart for adults with a life-limiting illness. 

In addition to the Dream Program, the following programs are also offered:

  • Flower Empower is a volunteer-driven program that delivers hope and compassion - in the form of beautiful bouquets - to those in need. Volunteers then make deliveries to hospitals, hospices, cancer centers and personal residences.  In addition to abundant bouquets, flower recipients enjoy fresh-baked cookies, fine chocolates and cards handmade by school children
  • Toy Program provides toys to the children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews or younger siblings that are present in the Dream Recipient's life. The toys are sent to the Dream Recipient who then gives the toys to the children.

Make-A-Wish Foundation
Contact:
800-722-9474
Population served: Children with life-threatening medical conditions that have reached the age of 2½ and is under the age of 18 at the time of referral
Other language(s): Spanish

Mission: To enrich the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

  • Every wish experience is driven by the wish kid's interests, creativity and personality
  • Medical professionals, parents, legal guardians and potential wish kids can initiate the referral inquiry process
  • The child's treating physician will be contacted to determine whether the child is medically eligible for a wish
  • A child cannot have received a wish from another wish-granting organization to be eligible.

Operation Liftoff, Inc.
Contact: 314-298-9770
Population served: Children under age 18 in the U.S. with a life-threatening illness

Mission: To provide hope for courageous and frightened children with air transportation for a treatment trip.

  • Due to budget constraints, Operation Liftoff is temporarily limiting trips to treatment trips from or to St. Louis, MO.

Starlight Children's Foundation
Contact: 310-479-1212
Population served: Seriously ill children and their families in the U.S.

Mission:  To bring together experts from pediatric health care, technology and entertainment to create programs that help brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families.

  • In-hospital programs offer parties and entertainment, child-friendly playrooms and lounges
  • Great Escapes provides relaxing, fun-filled events for Starlight families
  • Starbright World is an online social network for teens with chronic and life-threatening medical conditions, and their siblings. For details, click here
  • Educational resources including interactive online games, magazines and DVDs.
last updated on Monday, October 20, 2014
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