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At Carilion Clinic Children’s Hospital (CCCH) we’re here to give the children in our community what they need to grow up healthy. If your child needs medical care due to a birth defect, illness or injury, there’s no need to travel to receive excellent care.Our full-service, 92-bed “hospital within a hospital” provides medical care, including specialized intensive care, to neonatal, pediatric and adolescent patients. Our skilled staff includes more than 350 medical professionals specially trained in caring for infants and children.

We’re proud to be home to the third largest neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in the state of Virginia.

We have the region’s first emergency department devoted to caring for children who are acutely ill or injured.

We have the only pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) in western Virginia, as well as one of the largest dedicated pediatric in-patient hospital units in southwest Virginia.

We recognize that our young patients come in all shapes and sizes, and each is a unique individual. Everything from the equipment and technology used by our doctors and nurses to our décor is designed specifically with children in mind. We believe that families do the best job of helping a child heal well and we encourage your involvement in your child’s care to ensure that recovery is as quick and pain-free as possible.


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Every day, a deck of cards, a doll or a stuffed animal puts a smile on the face of a child who hasn’t smiled in quite some time. Dr. Bear®’s Closet has donated toys,games, books and other items that help boost the spirits of patients of all ages. A well-stocked Dr. Bear®’s Closet ensures that every patient has a gift for holidays,birthdays and most importantly, a little something to serve as a reward for their courage in fighting an illness.

The closet provides items to thousands of patients who are treated in Children’s inpatient units, the Emergency Department and Regional Outpatient Centers, and the Health Centers. Toys also help stock playrooms in the hospital.

Playing is essential when a child is undergoing difficult treatment or procedures due to illness. Providing a new game or toy and watching a smile light up a child’s face is a special moment for families, staff and volunteers.


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New River Family Shelter (NRFS) is the only scattered shelter program in the NRV providing emergency housing to families with children.

NRFS seeks to end family homelessness and empower families to achieve lasting self-sufficiency by providing safe, emergency housing, as well as connections to local support programs.

As the only scattered shelter program in the New River Valley, we offer a private, supportive environment for families to recover from a housing crisis. We also connect families to local support programs to address the need for food, clothing, education, and employment. As a community, we can work together to end long-term homelessness and empower families to achieve lasting self-sufficiency.


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Life can change so quickly – at Ronald McDonald House, many of our families know firsthand how true that statement is – whether for specialized treatment,emergency surgery or a baby’s premature arrival, a teenager who is involved in an automobile accident, or a child diagnosed with a life threatening illness – life can suddenly turn upside down. Mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, wives, husbands,sons, daughters, family members who have come to Roanoke to be with a loved one in a local hospital – a relatively quiet family life can be stressed by separations and hospitalizations, a circle of friends may suddenly enlarge to include doctors, nurses and medical specialists, a close knit family might be scattered to distant areas to secure the very best medical treatment possible for a sick child. It can happen so quickly. Yet in the midst of all that may seem so frightening and unsettling,
the Ronald McDonald House Charities provides a safe, secure and comfortable environment.

In a frightening, confusing situation, Ronald McDonald House Charities, can offer stability, peaceand calm with the Ronald McDonald House and our Ronald McDonald Family Room.

The Ronald McDonald House on South Jefferson Street opened May 5, 1984. We became the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Virginia in 1997. In September 2007, the Ronald McDonald Family Room was opened on the 14th floor of the Carilion Clinic Children’s Hospital.


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Phoenix Children’s Hospital has provided hope, healing, and the best healthcare for children since it was born in 1983, and has grown to become one of the largest children’s hospitals in the country.

With a Medical Staff of nearly 1,000 pediatric specialists, Phoenix Children’s provides inpatient, outpatient, trauma and emergency care across more than 70 pediatric sub-specialties, the most comprehensive pediatric care available in the state. The Hospital’s six Centers of Excellence have grown in size and expertise to place them on par with some of the most prestigious of their kind in the US:

To meet the needs of our growing community, Phoenix Children’s continues to expand, adding new physicians, staff, programs and facilities. Specialty and urgent care centers in high growth areas of the Valley and across the state serve the needs of patients and families in their own neighborhoods.

Today, the most visible evidence of growth is a new 11-story tower on the Hospital’s main campus, which offers a comprehensive, family-centered hospital that allows our doctors and nurses to deliver expert care and healing to our community’s youngest patients.

At each location, in each doctor, nurse, technician, staff member and volunteer,you’ll see the difference in a Hospital that’s 100% for children.


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At Ronald McDonald House New York, we support each family and coordinate emotional and physical services, psychological care, ministry support, wellness programs, tutors, music, art, transportation, activities for siblings, holiday and birthday parties and camaraderie for parents struggling with their child’s cancer diagnosis.

With each family that arrives, there is a uniting Hope and a common search for health and healing. At Ronald McDonald House of New York, we support each family and coordinate emotional and physical services, psychological care, ministry support, wellness programs, tutors, music, art, transportation, activities for siblings, holiday and birthday parties and camaraderie for parents struggling with their child’s cancer diagnosis. These services are a part of the fabric of Ronald McDonald House of New York and are provided to families at a nominal fee that is no more than $35.00 per night.

The House is located on East 73rd Street between First and York Avenues and offers thousands of children and their families these extraordinary services. The House is supported by individuals, foundations and corporations, all of whom share a primary concern for our brave young children and their families who are desperate to find a place where Hope has a Home.


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The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation supports pediatric medical education, pediatric-focused research and programs that help prevent childhood diseases and injuries. We accomplish this largely by working with experts at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan to identify initiatives that will have the greatest impact on improving the health of young people and families.


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For 33 years the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House has provided families with a safe and supportive place to stay while their child undergoes treatment for critical illness or injuries at local hospitals. To date, more than 30,000 families have stayed at the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House during their time of need. The House strives to:

  • Provide families of sick children with safe, welcoming lodging near their

    hospitalized child.

  • Insure that children have the support of their family members during their

    difficult medical treatment.

  • Provide families with stress-reduction activities to help them avoid sibling and

    parental isolation, and loss of financial security.

The Ronald McDonald House spends approximately $90 per night to shelter a family. Guests pay a nominal nightly fee of $25 if they can afford it. No families have ever been turned away because of an inability to pay. Significantly, more than 70% of the families we serve can’t afford to pay the modest daily fee. In 2012,the LARMH hosted 2,148 families for 20,724 nights. These families came to us from the local Southern California community (52%), the rest of the state (8%), nationally (19%), and overseas (21%). We are one of the largest Ronald McDonald Houses in the world with 75 rooms and we have served families from every state in the country and 47 different countries around the world. The House strives to create a welcoming environment for the children and parents who visit our two buildings providing both short-term and long-term housing needs. Guests benefit from large, communal kitchens, dining rooms, recreation rooms, playrooms, family rooms, parents’ dens and laundry facilities. Outside amenities include barbecue patios, children’s playground and a large landscaped courtyard. Finally, secured subterranean parking is available to our families.

The Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House understands that the needs of our families go beyond simply finding a place to stay during their child’s illness. Programs have been designed to focus the attention of children and their parents away from hospital procedures through a wide array of services. For example, our weekly parent’s meetings provide an opportunity to share experiences and fears associated with their child’s illness. We also provide one on one counseling for our families and children. This opportunity for families to offer one another emotional support is what makes our House truly unique.

Toy Closet disease and treatment. This vital service is made possible by generous individual donations as well as toy drives conducted by businesses and organizations. A toy is often an effective way to help children forget about their


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Children of Shelters (COS) is a San Francisco based 501c3 nonprofit organization working to provide support and education for children living in or being served by the homeless shelter system.

We provide unique educational opportunities, cultural experiences and enrichment activities for the children we serve. Our grants support children’s academic achievement and character development. We believe that education and self-esteem are the keys to breaking the cycle of poverty. COS recognizes how childhood birthdays are special moments as they reassure children that they are worthy, loved and celebrated. Homeless parents are often consumed by the day-to-day strain and anxiety of their family’s situation and a cake and a present are luxuries they can’t afford.

Launched in 2008, the COS Birthday Bunch serves all five of our partner shelters. The Birthday Bunch supplies birthday cakes, balloons and other favors for children to allow them to celebrate their special day. Our Board Members personally bring cakes to the children and the entire shelter community comes together to wish these children a ‘Happy Birthday.’ Each child also receives a small wrapped gift and a special birthday card.Each year, the Birthday Bunch celebrates 300 children’s birthdays with an average of 50 birthday parties. The smiles and joyful singing of ‘Happy Birthday’ brightens the shelters and helps each child feel normalcy and a positive sense of childhood.


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Center for Domestic Peace, home of Marin Abused Women’s Services, mobilizes individuals and communities to transform our world so domestic violence no longer exists, creating greater safety, justice, and equality.

To this end, Center for Domestic Peace operates with three interlocking strategies: 1) Safety and Empowerment, 2) Coordinated Community Response, and 3) Social Transformation.

1. Each year, our core services promote the safety and empowerment of more than 4,000 individuals impacted by domestic violence through: an emergency shelter, 24/7 hotlines, long-term transitional housing, support groups, legal advocacy and services, and a ManKind and WomanKind program for men and women who have been violent.

2. We engage, train, and coordinate professionals from various sectors to promote a coordinated community response to domestic violence within multiple systems – including legal services, law enforcement, criminal justice, health and mental health, and education.

3. We take a leadership role in promoting social transformation through technical assistance, education, prevention (including teens and adults), and policy initiatives.

Since our founding in 1977, we have responded to the needs of more than 167,000 women and children affected by domestic violence, as well as more than 28,500 men who have been violent.

Although our name has changed to Center for Domestic Peace, our work continues, in Marin and beyond.


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Ingenuity Prep is a leading charter school in Washington D.C. Wards 7 and 8 serving Pre K – 1st grade preparing student to succeed in college and beyond as impactful civic leaders.

Through its blended learning model, Ingenuity Prep leverages high-quality online learning programs to provide adaptive, independent practice opportunities targeted at students’ individual needs and respective zones of proximal development. Utilizing this digital content and at least three highly-qualified teachers in each classroom, Ingenuity Prep is able to consistently provide accountable, personalized, independent and small-group learning experiences. Less than 10% of students’ learning time at Ingenuity Prep occurs in groups of more than 15 students.

With the belief that mastery of rigorous core content – while necessary – is not sufficient to prepare students for the demands of 21st century leadership, Ingenuity Prep is building its own civic leadership program around four pillars: social-emotional literacy, collaborative problem-solving, a social-justice-focused social studies and science curriculum, and service learning. Beginning in kindergarten, students participate in over three hours per week of a civic leadership class – engaging in activities such as unpacking the stimuli for various emotional states, studying African environmental and political activist Wangari Maathai, and utilizing design-thinking to create (and test) potential solutions for water conservation at the school.