Oregon Dog Rescue
Oregon Dog Rescue is a no-kill shelter in the Portland area, saving dogs from over-crowded local shelters and high-kill shelters all over the West Coast. glassybaby white light fund has supported the Henry Fund at Oregon Dog Rescue which provides funds for urgent medical treatments for the dogs in their care. Due to COVID-19 the shelter is closed to the public but continues to provide the rescue and medical care for these dogs, while finding them safe and loving homes at a distance.
Courthouse Dogs Foundation
Based in Bellevue, Washington, Courthouse Dogs Foundation is dedicated to promoting justice, through the use of professionally trained courthouse facility dogs who provide emotional support for everyone in the justice system. Founded 10 years ago, Courthouse Dogs has placed over 300 dogs in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, and South America. The glassybaby white light fund provided a grant to help scale their online training program for legal professionals around the country to develop Courthouse Dog Programs.
Located in San Francisco, Muttville rescues and finds loving homes and final chapters for senior dogs. This cage free shelter provides adoption, veterinary and hospice services in addition to an on-site Cuddle Club for senior people to spend time with senior dogs, when they are unable to have one of their own. With the onset of COVID-19, Muttville pivoted to ensure safety for people and pets. They quickly coordinated foster care placements for the senior dogs awaiting adoption, conducted outreach to support senior people with adopted senior dogs and went online with the much-loved Cuddle Club to provide virtual companionship for seniors dogs and people. Muttville serves the Bay Area and has saved over 200 senior dogs since the pandemic began.
Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E.
Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E. (Stop Another Violent End) was established in 2006 by the dynamic community leader, Jackie Rowe-Adams, who lost 2 sons to gun violence. The organization is committed to- educating families and the community about children’s access to guns, promoting the reduction of gun violence and death, providing programs to support youth and future community leaders and supporting partners in seeking legislation for sensible gun laws. The glassybaby White Light Fund has partnered with Harlem Mothers SAVE since 2016 and we are proud and humbled by the work they do. Thank you.
Tsavo Trust is an action oriented, field-based conservation non-profit committed to protecting the wildlife and biodiversity in Kenya’s Tsavo Conservation Area. Home to Kenya’s largest single elephant population, this area faces constant threats from ivory poachers, bushmeat poachers, illegal livestock encroachment and human wildlife conflict. Aerial reconnaissance enables Tsavo Trust and partner organizations to map poachers’ movements, monitor poaching camps and identify “hot spot” zones that require monitoring.
When glassybaby White Light Fund learned of Tsavo Trust’s urgent funding need, due to an unexpected termination of funds, we were thrilled to help with a grant to supporting the aerial operation and the security this provides for the vulnerable and loved elephant population.
Seattle Arts & Lectures (SAL)
Writers in the Schools (WITS) Program
WITS places local, professional writers with teaching experience in year-long creative writing residencies to engage young people in literary arts, and provide them with the tools they need to find their voices and tell their stories. This year, WITS will serve over 5,700 students at K-12 public schools throughout the Puget Sound region and at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Over 40% of WITS students come from low-income households and/or experience extended hospital stays.
The glassybaby White Light Fund is thrilled to support the transformative and healing power of WITS for youth in Seattle Children’s Palliative Care Unit and Education Department. This program partners with Seattle Children’s to help young patients use creative writing as a therapeutic tool to deal with the trauma and stress in their lives. The writers work one-on-one with patients in acute care, as well as in small groups at the onsite school. In this photo, Nicholas, a student from Seattle Children’s, shares his poem ‘My Ode to an ICU Bed’ at a back to school event.
Thank you Seattle Arts and Lectures and the Writers in the Schools Program for giving children the opportunity and support to tell their stories and to heal through writing.
Doernbecher Children's Hospital
Cancer Survivorship Program
The glassybaby White Light Fund is pleased to provide the Doernbecher Cancer Survivorship Program with support, for a dedicated social worker for this program. The Doernbecher Cancer Survivorship Program was established in 2009 in response to the need to provide comprehensive care and support to childhood, adolescent and young adult cancer survivors.
As childhood cancer therapies continue to grow more effective, there is an increase in long-term survival rates for pediatric patients. The Doernbecher Survivorship Program aims to provide the most comprehensive care to these patients by helping cancer survivors and their healthcare providers understand the ongoing effects of cancer or cancer treatment and manage medical, social, emotional and educational issues related to cancer and treatment.
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
Integrative Medicine Program
With an emphasis on treating the "whole patient," the oncology program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland has developed an integrative medicine program for the pediatric patients. The goal is to improve patient well-being over all, by providing massage, acutherapy, animal-assisted therapy and immersive virtual reality, for inpatient and outpatient settings. Through these complementary integrative therapy programs, patient overall quality of life and inpatient hospital experience have improved. With the help of the glassybaby White Light Fund grant, they are looking forward to increasing these services for pediatric clients and hospital caregivers and to studying their benefit.
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital brings world-class care and extraordinary outcomes to children and expectant mothers. While every baby develops at their own pace, it is important to promote early learning and support the development of strong parent-child bonds.
Talk, Read, Sing (TRS) is part of a national public awareness and action campaign aimed to promote early brain and language development. It empowers parents by providing the tools for them to confidently talk, read, and sing with their young children. Pediatricians, viewed as trusted advisors by parents, are positioned to offer and advocate for this program. By empowering parents to be their child’s first teacher, the program promotes the importance of brain development in the critical 0-3 year period.
Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Fertility Preservation Project
When children fight cancer, survival today is what matters most. Still, chemotherapy, radiation and surgery can profoundly affect their reproductive systems. The kids being treat might not be thinking about family planning yet, but at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, they want to prepare them for the future. Fertility preservation involves the removal and storage of biomaterials for future use. Making these services available for patients and their families supports the Hospital’s philosophy of caring for the whole child. It’s one more way to deliver hope and healing that lasts a lifetime. Many families already struggling to manage the cost of cancer treatments can’t afford these services. Supporting his program aims to ensure finances never impede a cancer survivor’s chances to embrace the joy of parenthood.
Ceres Community Project
Ceres Community Project is a volunteer-driven, non-profit that creates health for people, communities, and the planet. Ceres achieves this by delivering organic, medically tailored meals to community members with serious illness; teaching teens to grow, cook, and eat healthy food; providing nutrition education; and supporting policy changes needed to address the root cause of illness and create innovative solutions. Since inception, Ceres’ youth and adult volunteers have assisted in growing 34,000+ pounds of organic produce. They have prepared over 736,800 organic meals, provided for free or at low cost, to 4,100 families experiencing a health crisis. Ceres operates three commercial kitchen sites and two organic production gardens in Northern CA. They deliver meals directly to clients’ doorsteps throughout Sonoma and Marin Counties.
Food for Life
The glassybaby White Light Fund has proudly partnered with Food For Life since 2016. This program provides nutritional support for people in treatment, at UCSF’s Ida Friend Infusion Center, Breast Care Center and Mission Bay Infusion Center.
The founder, Stephanie Stavrianoudakis, was a nurse at the infusion center before she began her own journey with cancer. As a nurse and patient, Stephanie recognized the importance of food in the healing process and noticed the need for healthy snacks and nutrition information for patients and their families during treatment. With Stephanie’s commitment and drive, Food for Life was born. It now provides a nutrient dense snack menu for patients and families in the infusion centers in addition to supplying educational materials and cookbooks to support healing food choices.
MD Anderson Cancer Center
The glassybaby White Light Fund is pleased to support MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. The grant, awarded in the summer of 2019, will go toward their Patient Assistance Fund, described below.
Administered by MD Anderson’s Social Work department, patient assistance funds help qualified, financially challenged patients and parents of pediatric patients pay for non-medical expenses associated with cancer care.
Patient assistance funds have become a lifeline for many, covering a variety of unexpected costs related to medical treatment. These include transportation and housing expenses for out-of-town patients as well as help with meals, parking, childcare, rent or utilities for all patients.
Northwest Straits Foundation
The Northwest Straits Foundation was nominated for a glassybaby baby grant in the spring of 2019. This nomination led to more conversations and an additional grant to support their collaborative efforts in nearshore habitat restoration and derelict gear removal.
As described by the baby grant nominator: 'The Northwest Straits Foundation works in collaboration with local communities and marine resource committees, fueled by volunteers. They map and remove derelict fish gear that entangles and kills marine mammal; monitor toxins in mussels, which are eaten by people and marine mammals; and restore beaches to provide habitat for salmon which Orca depend upon. Over 870 acres of marine habitat has been restored, 5,800 derelict fishing nets removed, and 4,701 volunteer hours counted to date.’
BIG Love Cancer Care
BIG Love Cancer Care, based in Austin Texas, is committed to meeting the most vital and urgent physical, emotional and financial needs of the pediatric oncology and hematology patients and their families. They oversee 20 programs in 6 Texas based hospitals.
Since the start of Covid-19, BIG Love has not been able to enter the six hospitals where services are provided. They have pivoted. In working closely with the hospital partners, they have focused on food security, in order to support the most vulnerable patients and their families during these difficult times. In the past 2 months BIG Love has made over 200 grocery shipments to families, in addition to providing hot meals and weekly e-gift cards for local food delivery. Thank you, BIG Love, for your flexibility, innovation, and steadfast commitment to providing for the young patients and their families.