Nonprofit gifted $3,500 to improve services for children coping with grief

The Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor, has awarded Arbor Hospice a $3,500 grant that will expand the support it provides through its Camp Good Grief program.

Arbor Hospice was one of 69 businesses and service agencies in the Ann Arbor community to receive a grant.

Camp Good Grief is a free, one-day day camp for children ages 8-17 who have lost a loved one. Facilitated by Arbor Hospice grief support managers, trained volunteers and experienced camp staff, Camp Good Grief provides fun and adventurous activities that are combined with education and emotional support. Every child in the Ann Arbor community is eligible to attend camp, whether or not their loved one received care from Arbor Hospice.

Camp Good Grief is completely funded through philanthropic support from individuals and organizations. Medical insurance, Medicare nor Medicaid reimburse program expenses. Financial support from community groups, such as the Kiwanis Club, is vital to the program’s success and growth in meeting an ever-increasing community need.

According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, five to 15 percent of children experience the death of a parent, sibling, grandparent or other significant other before the age of 18. Through its year-round grief support services, Arbor helps children deal with their grief journey by providing them with knowledge, tools and a reliable support system.

Arbor Hospice is grateful for this generous grant from the Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor. The grant program is based solely on the club’s successful weekly Thrift Sales, and this award will ensure Camp Good Grief, along with Arbor Hospice’s other grief support programs for children, continues to thrive.

For more information about Arbor Hospice, please visit please visit www.arborhospice.org.

About the Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor
The Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor was organized on May 13, 1921, and was chartered on June 13, 1921, with 60 charter members. As of December 8, 2011, the club had 176 members, making it the largest Kiwanis club in Michigan. Since its founding, the club has inducted 1,187 members. Periodically, the club has made substantial gifts (up to $25,000) to various community organizations as part of their capital campaigns or to projects that significantly enhance the community. The club celebrated its 90th anniversary in June 2011. Through all those years it has been blessed with excellent leadership, steadfast participation by its members and volunteers, and support from the community members. For more information, visit https://a2kiwanisfoundation.org or call (734) 665-0450.

About Arbor Hospice

Arbor Hospice, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, provides quality, compassionate care for those experiencing life-limiting illnesses throughout Washtenaw County and surrounding communities. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, Arbor offers certified community-based and inpatient hospice services and palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, as well as grief support services and community education programs. Through other NorthStar Care Community members, Arbor also provides pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Hospice of Michigan. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 5,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, visit www.arborhospice.org or call 888-992-2273.

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