Charitable dollars at work
At Carle, charitable giving makes the difference between expected care and exceptional care. Gifts to Carle Center for Philanthropy help enhance the world-class care provided by Carle and make the healthcare experience better for our patients and their families. Here’s a sampling of the programs that rely heavily on charitable donations to give our patients, families and visitors the care they need.
Child Life Program Auxiliary Guest House Camp Healing Heart
Child Life Program: Making hospital stays a little less scary
Thanks to Carle's Child Life Program and the generous support of numerous donors, young patients have advocates at Carle. Our certified Child Life Specialists spend their days helping children and teens adjust to the overwhelming situations that often accompany hospitalization.
They spend hours explaining procedures in ways that children can understand and guiding them in different coping techniques. They also use toys and games to creatively distract children during medical procedures. Carle's Child Life Program helps thousands of children each year.
Kids need more than medicine to get well. Carle's Child Life Program provides the resources children and teens need to cope with their illness, injury or hospitalization. If you are interested in donating to Carle’s Child Life Program, please click here to learn how you can help.
Gifts to the Carle Auxiliary Guest House Care for Patients’ Families
When Charles Moore’s wife was admitted to Carle’s intensive care unit on January 7, 2003, he and his family found the 50-mile drive from their hometown exhausting. Fortunately, Carle offered Charles and his family a solution. They became the first guests of the Carle Auxiliary Guest House.
Built by The Carle Foundation and located just across the street from the hospital, the Guest House provides families a home away from home where they can get some much needed rest without being too far from their loved one. It’s a safe place—a pleasant, quiet escape from the tense and often chaotic atmosphere of a hospital room.
The 12-bedroom house includes private baths, a comfortable living room, library, full kitchen, dining room, laundry facilities and direct phone lines within the Carle system. The Guest House is also staffed 24 hours a day.
All of this adds up to operational costs of more than $175,000 every year. And yet, the accommodations are offered at no cost to families with loved ones in the hospital.
Without charitable gifts, the Carle Auxiliary Guest House would not exist. In 2010, the Auxiliary took steps to ensure the future of the Guest House when the group made a $25,000 pledge and established the Guest House Endowment. As this fund grows, it will provide the annual resources needed to support the operational expenses of the Guest House.
A gift to the Guest House Endowment is a gift the will keep on giving. The endowment portion is never spent. Instead, it is invested. The earnings from the fund are made available to offset Guest House operations in perpetuity.
For more information, please contact Carle Center for Philanthropy at (217) 383-3021 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A special day camp for grieving children and teens
Children respond to death in different ways. They have so little life experience that moving through the grief process can be extremely difficult and have lifelong consequences.
Camp Healing Heart grew from an acknowledgment that children need special support as they grieve. Hosted annually by Carle Hospice, this special day camp provides a safe and caring environment for children who have experienced the death of a loved one or friend.
At Camp Healing Heart, children and teens find tools and skills to help them regain a healthy life balance and still honor the life of the loved one they have lost. Campers learn how to recognize and label their feelings as well as different methods to express and release those feelings.
Camp Healing Heart is offered at no cost to grieving families thanks to generous donations to Carle Center for Philanthropy and numerous volunteers who contribute countless hours.
Gifts to Camp Healing Heart help create a comfortable setting in which these kids can express themselves, be heard, meet others in similar situations and remember and honor those they have lost. It's an amazing experience for the kids and the volunteers, and we have donors to thank for it.
Take a moment to experience the spirit of Camp Healing Heart through the slideshow, and see how your support can help us make a real difference!