The Furniture Bank collects furnishings from area donors and stores them in a fully secured storage house, from which the items can be delivered to households in need. Through its Furniture Distribution Program, the organization provides on average 14 pieces of furniture to each of its client families, including a bed for each family member, a sofa, and items such as dressers, bookshelves, and coffee tables. Every year, it distributes furniture to more than 3,000 people, more than 1,700 of whom are children. But despite the generosity of the Furniture Bank's donors, the need for children's bedding often outnumbers donations, as most donated beds are full- or queen-sized. The Furniture Bank purchases twin mattresses to fill the void, ensuring each child who needs a bed receives one.
For the supporters and oncologists involved with the Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation, "WOW" is not just a typical reaction to their efforts, but a symbol of the joy they bring to the families of parents with late-stage, limited-life-expectancy cancer. If you flip the word over, it of course spells "MOM"?and upending is something with which the organization?s client families are all too familiar. Each "WOW Experience" orchestrated by the foundation grants these families a fun-filled respite from cancer?s stronghold so they can enjoy a degree of normalcy while it?s still possible. For four days and three nights, families take an all-expenses-paid trip to destinations across the country, complete with airfare, accommodations, and meals. They might stay at an exotic resort in Hawaii or Arizona or a high-class hotel in New York City, attend concerts or sporting events, or visit a theme park?all to help children form lasting memories of their parents that they?ll cherish forever.
JAJF relies strictly on a referral process with its network of 209 oncologists across the country. To date, it?s matched WOW Experiences with more than 600 families in 44 states, thanks entirely to the 90% of donations that go directly to funding the experiences.
The Homes for the Holidays program eases the financial strain of furnishing a new home by supplying basic necessities, including furniture, appliances, and pantry items. Fully stocked pantries come complete with dry and frozen foods, meats, bakery items, produce, dairy items, paper products, and classic holiday dishes. By helping to allay the costs of basic necessities, the program helps increase parents' discretionary income for other expenses such as afterschool care and doctor's visits, and gives families a foundation of nutritious foods to help them establish healthful eating habits.
After providing in-home computer systems, CFY teaches students and their families how to utilize the new equipment most effectively with a half day of family-learning workshops. The goal of the Home Learning Centers is to supply students with a valuable resource for engaging with difficult academic material, and equip family members to serve as more effective learning partners. Computer systems come loaded with a number of useful programs, including Microsoft Office, a typing tutorial, and antivirus software, so the equipment can serve as a helpful tool throughout the course of a student's education.