"Thank you, and please know that I am forever grateful for the work you do for children and their families. You were a Godsend and a blessing in shaping my twin granddaughter's lives and enabled them to have a secure and confident future that could have been otherwise without your wise counsel and treatments. Keep up the good work."
- Ester Huey
With the support of our generous community, Children's Village was able to provide the following services for children with special health care needs in 2018:
- 77 patients seen throughout the year in the Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinic.
- 4,064 specialty clinic encounters at Children's Village with specialists from Seattle Children's Hospital and Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician. This includes developmental and behavioral diagnoses, cardiology, neurology, gastroenterology, orthopedics, and neurodevelopmental therapies.
- 3,825 visits to pediatric speech therapy, 1,423 visits for physical therapy and 1,804 visits for occupational therapy.
- Therapy services processed 232 orthotic orders, compared to 132 in 2017.
- "Let's Talk Socks" program offered specialized socks for children with specialized ankle and foot orthotics.
- Helping connect families through a primary vendor to provide 132 pieces of equipment to children.
- Pediatric therapists were able to obtain $353,339 worth of equipment for families in our community through a $10,000 initial donor investment.
- 1,025 individuals received support through social activities, which includes support groups, parent matches, sibling workshops, group events, and one zone recreation through the Parent to Parent Program.
"The first time I saw my daughter, I was stunned and speechless. The vision I had in my mind of what my first days as a mother would be, were anything but this. I was scared, I didn't know what to do. Thank you to the nurses, doctors and staff for providing the best care and helping our family navigate all the uncertainty. I can't imagine not having a NICU right here in our community. They saved my daughter's life and for that I am forever grateful."
- A Yakima NICU mom
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
The gift of growing up. From updated equipment in Memorial's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to early diagnosis and treatment of special needs, your support helps to ensure the more than 400 vulnerable babies served each year in the NICU reach their fullest potential. As Central Washington's only NICU, specialty care is available for at-risks infants. More than a third of those treated were not anticipated to need the extra care and skilled nursing available at Memorial. Your donations truly make a difference in these tiny lives.
Youthworks is a youth empowerment and community service initiative to engage civic- and communityminded young people in a variety of mentoring, volunteering, and philanthropic opportunities.
These young philanthropists are truly making a difference in their community by getting involved in helping those who are in need; whether it is raising money to support important health care programs at Children's Village or volunteering their time.
The Memorial Foundation's YouthWorks program assists teens in the development of lifelong skills such as giving back to their community, grant writing, and mentoring younger students. YouthWorks has its own student council where members can further develop their leadership skills. Students attend The Memorial Foundation Board meetings and hold their own committee meetings.
There are many different ways that schools choose to get involved: school pageants, dance marathons, and volunteering at various CMN events - this is all a part of CELEBRATING PHILANTHROPY, empowering youth, and making a difference. Hardworking high school teens from West Valley, Ike, Wapato, Sunnyside, East Valley and Naches raised more than $90,000 for children's health care programs and equipment in 2018, and they volunteered more than 3,000 hours!