#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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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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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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Loving care provided

Four years ago, Amanda was admitted into hospice care. She was profoundly disabled and her only family was the staff at her group home. Despite being blind, deaf, and nonverbal, Amanda responded to the loving care provided by her group home family and her hospice team. She was moved to Cottage in the Meadow for symptom management just days before she died. Amanda received the compassion given to all hospice patients, and she died comfortable and pain free, among her loving friends and caregivers.

“I have found personal growth and healing through being able to assist hospice patients and their caregivers. It is an honor to provide the means and help for a person to leave this world with dignity and to help minimize their suffering.” Kathy Breshears, hospice nurse.

The hospice team brings a tremendous level of compassion, care and comfort, not just for the patients, but for the whole family and caregivers affected by the loss of a loved one. Thank you for supporting Compass Care. Your gifts ensure this comfort is available to all who need it.

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Gratefulness for North Star Lodge

Your gifts to The Memorial Foundation for cancer care programs stay right here in Yakima, helping people like Christine James manage their fight against cancer.  Read further as Christine shares her experience.

“North Star Lodge has been my home away from home for the last year. Even though battling triple negative breast cancer was the toughest journey I’ve ever been on, I feel so grateful for all the staff at North Star Lodge. They have easily become my second family.  There is no stupid question, there is no stupid reaction to the chaos of feelings I felt when I was losing my control of this awful monster trying to invade my body. No matter what kind of day I was having, I had so many people offering me support.

I was very sick one Christmas and completely worn down from chemo treatments and an infection I had with a fever.  I had to go in 3 days before Christmas, and let’s face it having 5 months of infusions you’d like to keep your scheduled appointments and add no additional appointments because it feels like you’re always there. I broke down crying because I felt hopeless. While I was crying the infusion nurses all held me and gave me such a great inspirational pep talk. I needed to have blood drawn through my port and my arm at the same time. I was so frail and exhausted I asked for a nurse to hold my hand while I cried on her shoulder. What a loving group of people. I am so grateful for the expertise at North Star.”

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Yakima Symphony at Children’s Village

Join us for a summer concert at 4:00 pm, Thursday, August 18, at Children’s Village.

Yakima Symphony Conductor Lawrence Golan will perform a special mini-recital and visit with children, families, and community supporters of Children’s Village and a drawing will be held for a pair of tickets to a Yakima Symphony Orchestra Classical Series concert

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Washington State Patrol Troopers support NICU 

If you’ve ever walked down the hall toward the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Memorial, you already know Evie Farmer.  She’s one of the babies featured on the alumni wall for getting her good start in life at Memorial’s NICU unit.

Evie, now 5, stopped by the NICU on June 20, exactly five years after she graduated from the NICU, a place that was her home for the first 81 days of her life. Evie and her family were on a mission: to present a generous donation to the NICU from the Washington State Patrol Troopers Association.  Evie’s dad, Jay, is a state trooper, and her mom, Theresa, is a registered nurse in Memorial’s Day Surgery.

Those who cared for Evie when she was born at 26 weeks, weighing 1 pound, 13 ounces, were delighted to see a happy and healthy Evie, along with her whole family.

Consider making a gift to The Memorial Foundation to help other little ones, like Evie, get a good start on life.

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Thank You Memorial Family of Services Employees!

The 2016 Memorial Family of Services Employee Giving Campaign is well underway.   Our “family campaign” is an employee-led opportunity for all employees to join together to advance the mission of the Memorial Family of Services.
As the office that processes incoming gifts (yes, we view donations as gifts!), The Memorial Foundation has been receiving volumes of responses from employees.  Simply amazing!  Ranging from one time donations to recurring payroll deductions, by giving to The Memorial Foundation employees are keeping support local to benefit the Cancer Care, Children’s Health, Compass Care and Healthy Yakima Initiatives…right here at home.

As of yet, we don’t have numbers to report; however, we can tell from the flood of responses that our team members are supportive, caring, invested in what they do, and committed to Memorial and to our community.
Thank you Memorial Family of Services employees!

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Building on a Legacy

After serving a quarter of a century Anne Caffery has handed over leadership of The Memorial Foundation. Now as CEO Emeritus she trusts her team to guide our community leaders in making our community the healthiest it can be. We build on the legacy of iconic families like the Dolsens, Plaths, Sundquists, Shields, Temples, DeAtleys, Alegrias,  and so many others, as well as corporate leaders like Treetop Inc., the The Noel Corporation, John I Haas, Washington Fruit, Price Cold Storage and Packing, and so many more.

Anne, thank you for your great work and to our community leaders on our Foundation Board such as Bruce Heiser, Bill Wheeler, Jean Pryor and Bob Price for committing to continue this important work moving forward. Building on your legacy for generations to come.

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