The Kids Fund & Boston Medical Center Camperships helps BMC pediatricians, pediatric nurses and social workers meet the immediate and urgent needs of families receiving care at BMC. During the summer months, The Kids Fund subsidizes the cost of attending a summer camp or enrichment program for kids, some of whom have never been out of the inner city. Our gift allowed 25 children to attend a two week summer camp in 2017. Additionally, The Kids Fund provides seed funding to clinicians with innovative approaches to ensuring the well-being of their patients.
For more information on The Kids Fund & BMC Camperships, visit www.development.bmc.org.
The Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program is the first public/private model of its kind in the country, providing clinical care and support services to veterans and their family members who have been affected by combat or deployment-related stress (also known as Post Traumatic Stress or PTS) and Traumatic Brain Injuries. Through philanthropy, all of the care provided by Home Base is at no cost to the veterans or their families. The multidisciplinary clinical staff is composed of psychiatrists, psychologists, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, nurses, social workers and other clinicians from Massachusetts General Hospital as well as Harvard Medical School. Clinical care has been provided for nearly one thousand veterans and hundreds of families since the doors opened five years ago. The Home Base Program also provides education and clinical tools to clinicians and communities about “the invisible wounds of war” and the needs of military families and research to improve treatment of PTS and Traumatic Brain Injury.
For more information on The Home Base Program, visit www.homebaseprogram.org.
Melmark New England, a community-based educational organization in Andover, MA, is dedicated to serving children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), acquired brain injury, neurodevelopmental disorders, and severe challenging behaviors. Melmark students are provided personalized services in an environment of warmth, care and respect, rooted within a strong scientific basis. The goal is to help each student attain the highest possible level of personal growth and achievement. Melmark strives to teach adolescent students functional, vocational skills that will lead to meaningful employment and a level of independence after they graduate. They also work with public school educators and others to improve autism services in the community.
For more information on Melmark New England’s programs and services, please visit www.melmarkne.org.
Boston Children’s Hospital: Patient Family Housing & Pizza Parties -- This Patient Family Housing Program provides affordable accommodations for up to 35 families while their children receive the medical care they need at Boston Children's Hospital. The Patient Family Housing Program is available to any parent or guardian of a Boston Children's Hospital patient that lives beyond 50 miles from the hospital. In addition, the Child Life Department hosts pizza parties on five units once a week. For each pizza party, Child Life orders enough pizza to feed the entire floor, about 80+ patients, parents and siblings. A weekly “pizza night” truly goes a long way in giving children and their families a chance to socialize over a delicious meal, as well as something positive and fun to look forward to while enduring lengthy hospital stays. We made a donation to these programs in memory of a client’s infant daughter who was a patient at Boston Children’s Hospital in 2016.
For more information on Boston Children’s Hospital programs, please visit http://giving.childrenshospital.org.