Local nonprofits Circle of Hope Bracelets, Every Child’s Hope, National Council of Jewish Women and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center all work to give hope and healing to families throughout the community. And as beneficiaries of the 2013 Ladue News Show House at #23 Lenox Place, that message of hope and healing will be carried even further.
Circle of Hope Bracelets
Circle of Hope Bracelets helps bond the community in the fight against cancer. “Our volunteers see the bracelets as a life symbol that forms a tangible bond among cancer patients and their circle of supporters,” notes organization spokeswoman Nancy Lipari.
Volunteers create more than 300 bracelet designs at the nonprofit’s headquarters, located just north of Frontenac Plaza, and sell them online nationwide. “Individuals, as well as institutions, become volunteer distributors to fundraise for the cancer charity of their choice, at no cost to them,” Lipari explains. Then, bracelet sales are donated to help fund cancer research, education, treatment and care.
Since its origin in 1999, the organization has given $2.8 million to more than 100 cancer charities, including $645,000 to the American Cancer Society through Relay for Life, $228,500 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure through the Komen Race for the Cure and $375,000 to Siteman Cancer Center. Circle of Hope also annually supports local cancer charities, such as Friends of Kids with Cancer, Camp Rainbow, Arts as Healing, Young Women’s Breast Cancer Program and No Woman Left Behind.
For more information or to volunteer, call 913-9358 or visit circleofhopebracelets.org.
Every Child’s Hope
Every Child’s Hope (ECH) is committed to helping needy children and families return to health and wholeness. What started as an orphanage in 1858 has grown to a broad spectrum of services for troubled families across St. Louis and Kansas City.
The nonprofit, which annually serves 1,500 individuals, addresses prevention of abuse and neglect, treatment and rehabilitation for children and families who have experienced abuse and neglect, and aftercare services supporting successful reintegration of children into the community and their family environments, explains Sharon Fenoglio, development director.
Services include residential treatment on the St. Louis campus for up to 55 children, healing from histories of abuse and neglect; and Steppingstone—a transitional/independent living facility for up to 26 youths, to assist them with life skills, educational goals, budgeting and maintaining a household. “The funds generated from the Ladue News Show House will be used to help renovate a new Life Skills Center for the at-risk and homeless adolescents served through our Steppingstone program,” Fenoglio adds.
For more information or to volunteer, call 427-3755 or visit everychildshope.org.
National Council of Jewish Women
The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is 1,700-member volunteer organization inspired by Jewish values. The nonprofit serves those in need of all religions, races and ethnicities through a multitude of programs and events.
This year, the one-day, pop-up Back-To-School! Store, its signature project now in its 13th year, provided more than 1,100 needy elementary school children with new clothing and school supplies, as well as dental and eye screenings.
Additional programs include the Kids Community Closet, Wife-Widow-Woman and Healing Hearts Bank, Silent Witness Exhibit and The Resale Shop. “NCJW believes that philanthropy is a way to make social change, and we have numerous ways to fundraise,” notes president Marlene Hammerman. NCJW’s largest fundraiser is The Resale Shop, which provides about half of its budget. Located at 295 N. Lindbergh Blvd, the shop sells new and gently used clothing for all members of the family, plus housewares, shoes, accessories and jewelry.
For more information or to volunteer, visit ncjwstl.org.
SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center
SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center annually treats 200,000 children, regardless of their families’ ability to pay.
The medical center is supported in part by the Glennon Guild, made up of 300 local women who annually raise about $200,000. “The Ladue News Show House gives us a perfect venue to accomplish our mission. We earn some money for Glennon and have a chance to promote the good Cardinal Glennon does for sick children,” says Ginny Hartman, Guild president.
The organization’s largest fundraisers are The Glennon Card and the annual Fashion Show, held each fall at The Ritz-Carlton. The Glennon Card is being sold now by Guild members, select retailers and online at GlennonCard.org. The card entitles the holder to a 20-percent discount at more than 285 retailers and restaurants in the St. Louis bi-state area.
For more information or to volunteer, visit cardinalglennon.com.