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 of her sons to gun violence. The organization is committed to- educating families and the community about children’s access to guns, promoting ways to reduce gun violence and death, providing programs to support youth and our future community leaders and to 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 close attention. Tsavo Trust shared that the aerial reconnaissance and monitoring remains the most important conservation tool over the wilderness of Tsavo.
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, with over 40% of WITS students coming from low-income households and/or in extended hospital stays.
The glassybaby White Light Fund is thrilled to support the transformative and healing power of WITS for hospitalized 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 the 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 the desire to treat the "whole patient," in the past 2 years the oncology program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland has developed integrative medicine programs to improve patient well-being by providing massage, acutherapy, animal-assisted therapy and immersive virtual reality in the inpatient and outpatient settings. Through these complementary integrative therapy programs, patient overall quality of life and inpatient hospital experience are 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, empowering parents with the tools to confidently talk, read, and sing with their young children. Pediatricians are seen as trusted advisors by parents and 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, 501(c)(3) nonprofit that creates health for people, communities, and the planet through love, healing food, and empowering the next generation. Ceres delivers organic, medically tailored meals to community members with serious illness, teaches teens to grow, cook, and eat healthy food, provides nutrition education, and supports 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 and prepared over 736,800 organic meals provided free or at low cost to 4,100 families experiencing a health crisis. Today, Ceres operates three commercial kitchen sites in San Rafael, Santa Rosa and Sebastopol, as well as two organic production gardens in Santa Rosa and Sebastopol. We deliver meals directly to our clients’ doorsteps throughout Sonoma and Marin Counties.
The glassybaby white light fund grant will support the core youth and healing meals programs including these overarching goals to:
Provide organic whole food meals to low-income people with serious illness along with nutrition education and the caring support of the community to improve health outcomes, reduce health care costs and improve long-term eating habits.
Empower a generation of healthy, engaged leaders by giving youth opportunities to develop leadership and skills they need to be successful in life and work, and by fostering a deep understanding the impact their choices make on the health of people and planet.
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 in 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 for support in healing and healthy 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 nonmedical expenses associated with cancer care.
Expenses, such as transportation and lodging, can rapidly increase, especially for patients who travel long distances. And they can cause financial distress for patients undergoing treatment or follow-up care for extended periods, often weeks at a time.
Patient assistance funds have become a lifeline for many, covering a variety of needs, including airfare or bus fare to and from Houston for out-of-town or out-of-state patients, housing for the patient in Houston, meals while the patient is in Houston, transportation to and from the clinic and doctor appointments for out-of-town patients, parking expenses and occasional expenses related to car repair, rent or utilities.
Northwest Straits Foundation
The Northwest Straits Foundation came to our attention when they were 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 to date and 4,701 volunteer hours counted.’