As an organization, one of the highlights of our year was creating and running the Charlie’s Heart Foundation Grant Program for the first time ever and getting to know some of the incredible organizations who applied.
More than ever, nonprofits need our help. Many are seeing an increased need for their services but are facing difficult barriers to get those services to their communities. Nonprofit organizations are also seeing a decrease in donations as large events and fundraisers have been canceled this year and fewer people have the funds to give in a difficult economy.
Last summer, we received countless applications for our first year of the grant program. It was difficult for us to choose the nine organizations that were ultimately awarded grants between $5,000 and $50,000. You can learn more about how our grant recipients were chosen and about the application process by clicking here.
We are so proud to be aligned with the organizations chosen, though, like KinderMourn. KinderMourn offers support and counseling services to bereaved parents as well as grieving children and teens. They also raise awareness of bereavement issues. As you can imagine, this nonprofit really hit home for us.
Losing a child is an earth-shattering, lonely process, and KinderMourn believes that no one should go through it alone. They have support groups throughout the Charlotte area to help connect bereaved parents who understand the very specific pain that comes with the death of a child.
In addition to offering support to parents, they don’t forget about children and teens who are also grieving the loss of a sibling. There are support groups, individual counseling services, and day camps for children and teens of all ages.
One thing we really love about what KinderMourn is doing is its focus on community outreach. There are many who don’t understand how to help or what to do when someone in their community experiences the death of a child. KinderMourn works directly with schools to provide on-site grief support for students. They also host community events to educate folks about bereavement and how to help those in their lives who are going through it.
The funding KinderMourn received from the Charlie’s Heart Foundation Grant Program will go to scholarships for students and parents to receive the resources they offer. We are proud to support KinderMourn through the grant process. To learn more about them and add your support, visit their website at kindermourn.org.