#GivingTuesday – A Great Opportunity to Impact Your Community

Improving your community involves instilling a better quality of life for those who lives within it. This quality of life should apply to everyone – young or old; healthy or sick. Compass Care ensures that those who are enduring a chronic or terminal illness will be guaranteed their quality of life, as best as is possible, for its duration.

Meet Ray… he became a donor after a family member received care at Cottage in the Meadow, a service that is under the Compass Care umbrella. It was this experience that compelled him to become involved in ensuring such services remain available in Yakima.
It is important to him that others who may be going through a similar life circumstance can receive the same quality of care as his loved one. Ray’s impact has been phenomenal!
This #GivingTuesday, November 28, lend your support to the programs and services of Compass Care. The impact that you will have will secure a better quality of life in your community for today and into tomorrow.

This #GivingTuesday, November 28, lend your support to the superior cancer services that exist locally, in Yakima.  The superior cancer care services that saved Jill’s life. You can help turn patients into survivors.

Visit our #GivingTuesday page to learn about other giving opportunities.

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End Of Life Care

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YouthWorks Students and Bucks for Kids Day/National Coffee Day at Dutch Bros

 

The Dutch Bros location in Yakima, owned by Emmily McColloch, chose to give one dollar of every drink sold on National Coffee Day this past September 29th to the YouthWorks program through the Memorial Foundation. Pictured here are Julianne Mendoza of the YouthWorks Council and Ivan Baumbach representing the YouthWorks Council and as a contestant in the Mr. Ike YouthWorks pageant. These are just two of the many students who take part in raising not just money, but also awareness of children’s special healthcare needs. The YouthWorks pageants have raised over one million dollars to support healthcare needs and services at Children’s Village, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and Pediatrics at Virginia Mason Memorial. These students are giving back in their communities, volunteering their time, and learning about philanthropy as evidenced by Dutch Bros’ generosity. From 4:30 am to 11:00 pm that day, Dutch Bros raised $1,361.39 to benefit the YouthWorks program put on through The Memorial Foundation. Thank you Dutch Bros, Emmily, and your amazing staff! You and these young people are heroes in our community!

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#GivingTuesday – It’s Not a Matter of ‘If’… It’s a Matter of “When”

If cancer has not touched your life already, it will one day. Whether it be through a personal diagnosis, or the diagnosis of a loved one – cancer makes its mark on everyone. It’s not a matter of “if”… it’s a matter of “when.”

Meet Jill… she is a cancer survivor. She found hope and support in the superior cancer care services that are available to her locally, in Yakima. Because of this, she made her journey towards recovery at home, where she felt comfortable.

Today, she is a survivor. Jill has made it her mission to support, and encourage others in the community, to support the services that saved her life. She understands firsthand the impact our generous community makes. Won’t you become a part of this impact?

This #GivingTuesday, November 28, lend your support to the superior cancer services that exist locally, in Yakima.  The superior cancer care services that saved Jill’s life. You can help turn patients into survivors.

Visit our #GivingTuesday page to learn about other giving opportunities.

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Children’s Village Turns 20 Chamber Report

Since the doors at Children’s Village first opened 20 years ago, thousands of children with special needs and their families have been served in a welcoming place that unites multiple avenues of specialty care under one colorful roof. All with the goal of helping to ease the strain on families who are often overwhelmed, and serving those families right where they live – here in the Yakima Valley.

Children’s Village began as a vision among key community organizations and dedicated volunteers to meet the special health care needs of area children and their families. As a collaboration between Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, Virginia Mason Memorial, Comprehensive Healthcare and The Memorial Foundation, the Village — thanks to the commitment of the Yakima Valley community — provides medical, dental, and behavioral services to children from birth to 18 with special health care needs such as autism and Down syndrome. There are peer support groups for parents and siblings, team sports, social events, and a spring prom for the kids and teens. There’s even family swim night hosted at the therapy pool.

Through its unique blend of services, the Village has helped thousands of children live fuller, more independent lives. In 2016, the Village served nearly 5,000 children with special needs, five times as many as were served in 1998, the first full year it was open.

The Village is a welcoming place, putting anxious children at ease as soon as they enter. Walls are bright and cheerful; preserved trees dot the hallways; the elevator resembles a mine shaft; the reception desk is inside a covered wagon; and a large meeting room is contained in a barn.

The ability to continue changing lives over the next 20 years and serve even more families in need is largely dependent on community support.  And that’s where The Memorial Foundation’s work to grow and enrich Children’s Village continues. The Village has never been sustained solely by reimbursement. It depends on grants and charitable donations from the community through The Memorial Foundation.

Despite these challenges, however, Children’s Village remains a unique facility not just for a community of Yakima’s size, but anywhere.  More than anything, it is a place for children to be children first. Everyone at Children’s Village believes the same thing: Help kids be the very best kids they can be.

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Join #GivingTuesday   

On Tuesday, November 28, The Memorial Foundation will be joining with others from around the world to celebrate #GivingTuesday. This is a global initiative dedicated to the celebration of generosity in the spirit of giving back.

Are you interested in joining as well? It’s easy!  Just find a way for your family, friends, business, or community to come together to support a cause that ignites your passion. Then, spread the word about what you have chosen to support. It could be through social media, e-mail, a blog, or an old-fashioned telephone call.

It is a perfect opportunity to begin or renew your support and affirm your belief in a healthy community. Make a gift towards helping to advance cancer care, children’s healthcare, home health or hospice services, or health education programs.

After making your gift, inspire others to “get out the give” by sharing your experience with #GivingTuesdayHealthyYakima on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or other social media page!

Visit our #GivingTuesday page!

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Yakima’s Central Washington Cleft Palate Team

Cleft lip and/or palate causes difficulty with feedings, swallowing, and chronic ear infections or hearing loss, speech and language delay, and dental problems.

Supported by your gifts to The Memorial Foundation, the maxillofacial team at Children’s Village has a deep commitment to serve children in Yakima and nine surrounding counties with the diagnosis of cleft lip and/or palate. The team is comprised of more than 15 medical and dental professionals who volunteer to attend 6 team meetings throughout the year and evaluate approximately 70-90 children.  Team members come from Yakima, Wenatchee, Moses Lake and Kennewick. There are from 160 to 190 children in our program in any given year, with an average of 23 new referrals per year. A comprehensive treatment plan developed by the team provides guidance to primary care providers, medical and dental specialists, speech language pathologists, school personnel, and most importantly, families to assure interventions occur at the appropriate time in accordance with national standards of care.

The team coordinator, Cathy Buchanan, MSW, works closely with hospital staff to ensure that the family of a newborn with a cleft lip and/or palate receives timely and accurate information about the condition and resources available for comprehensive and timely plans of care.

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Boot Camp for New Dads

“Hold a baby, grab a blanket and take a seat!”  Babies seem pretty complicated to first time parents. Boot Camp for New Dads is a popular program where experienced dads bring in their babies to teach new dads and fathers-to-be about parenthood.   Men of all ages learn together what to expect, what to do, how to cope with sleep deprivation and a crying baby at the same time, and many other handy parenting skills.  It gives the guys a chance to ask questions, hold the baby and talk about dude stuff.

Jerry says Boot Camp for New Dads made all the difference as he started the most important job of his life. “I’m enjoying it so much because of these classes.” He says he has answers now, if Emma gets sick, or starts burping, or crying, “A lot of things just seem more normal — instead of panicking when she cries or screams.” He brought her to class to show the other dads he was just like them a few months ago, and now he’s holding his new baby girl without being afraid.

Thanks to generous support from our community, this class is only $30 to attend. To sign up for Boot Camp for New Dads, email class coordinator Teresa Posada at teresaposada@yvmh.org

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