General Information

Patient-Centered Programs

  • A Caring Community of Education, Services and Support (ACCESS)
    Originally established to support families of mothers hospitalized with high risk pregnancies and families with babies and children in Pediatrics, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and, the NICU Follow-Up Program; ACCESS services are now available to families of patients in all hospital units, and to Oncology outpatients receiving radiation and chemotherapy. In addition, ACCESS has established a bi-weekly car seat fitting station open to the community.
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) mission is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and with other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used. AHRQ priorities are described.
  • American Music Therapy Association
    The mission of the American Music Therapy Association is to advance public awareness of the benefits of music therapy and increase access to quality music therapy services in a rapidly changing world.
  • Angel Flight West
    Angel Flight West is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization that arranges free, non-emergency air travel for children and adults with serious medical conditions and other compelling needs. The network of 1,900 pilots throughout the 13 western states donate their aircraft, piloting skills, and all flying costs to help families in need, enabling them to receive vital treatment that might otherwise be inaccessible because of financial, medical or geographic limitations.
  • Assisted Rides Program
    The Assisted Rides Program is designed for organizations & communities that provide rides for senior citizens, people on disability, etc.  Whether you have a volunteer driver program or are a full-blown Paratransit Operator, Assisted Rides is a product that can make managing your program remarkably easier.
  • The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.
    The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE) is a multicultural, multifaith organization devoted to providing education and improving the quality of ministry and pastoral care offered by spiritual caregivers of all faiths through the clinical educational methods of Clinical Pastoral Education.
  • The Association for Macular Diseases
    The Association for Macular Diseases offers support to individuals with macular disease, their caregivers, and the professional community. The Association provides resources and assistance while promoting research and education.
  • Aunt Bertha
    Aunt Bertha is the most usable search and referrals platform. It exists to connect all people in need and the programs that serve them (with dignity and ease). Hundreds of thousands of Americans use the Aunt Bertha Search and Referrals Platform in all 50 states, from the biggest cities to the smallest towns.
  • Baby Safely Surrendered
    The Safely Surrendered Baby Law responds to the increasing number of newborn infant deaths due to abandonment in unsafe locations.  The law’s intent is to save lives of newborn infants at risk of abandonment by encouraging parents or persons with lawful custody to safely surrender the infant within 72 hours of birth, with no questions asked.  Safe surrender sites are hospitals or other locations, typically fire stations, that are approved by the board of supervisors or fire agency in each county.
  • Bay Area Regional Help Desk Consortium
    The Bay Area Regional Help Desk Consortium (BARHC) started in 2012, when three East Bay Hospitals – Highland Hospital, San Francisco General Hospital, and Children’s Hospital in Oakland – got together to discuss ways to improve the health care system for low-income patients.
    Adopting a help desk model that focuses on the Bay Area, the BARHC offers capacity building, technical assistance, and funding activities for help desks across Bay Area hospitals. In doing so, the BARHC aims to standardize activities to address social factors in clinical settings and to change the way social determinants shape health and disease. All participating Consortium clinics/hospitals use a tiered service model that engages volunteers, social workers and legal aid partners together to efficiently triage and help manage the social and legal challenges facing patients seen in safety net clinical settings.
  • Beauty Bus Foundation
    Beauty Bus creates Pop-Up Salons where patients and caregivers can come for a variety of complimentary beauty and grooming services, pampering, and a social activity.  Beauty Bus works with other non-profit organizations, social service agencies, hospitals, salons, spas and businesses to create Pop-Up Salons in and around Los Angeles County.
  • Bumper T Caring Clowns 
    The Bumper “T” Caring Clowns, Inc. is a volunteer organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of hospitalized patients, their families friends and caregivers. Therapeutic Clowning is a powerful tool in promoting the healing process.
  • Can’t Believe I Have Cancer
    If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, this site was created for you. You are not alone. Serious illness, trauma or grief can create spiritual distress leaving one struggling with questions such as “Why is this happening to me?” “What do I have to live for?” “What now?”
    As you live with cancer, you need to gather support and resources for your whole self. You need to know that there is a safe place where you can share your fears, your emotions, and your struggle to find meaning, comfort, and hope.
  • Capes 4 Heroes
    Capes 4 Heroes make and personalize superhero capes for kids with disabilities, kids with life threatening illnesses and kids who just need to feel empowered.  We hope our capes give these deserving kids an extra boost of strength and courage and make them feel like the superheroes they truly are!
  • The Caregiver’s Journal 
    The Caregivers Journal is a simple tool for family members or loved ones in a hospital or rehab facility.  This journal enables users to make visits easier and stay more in control; coordinate communications among multiple caregivers; refresh their memory about visits with medical staff, doctors and therapists; jot notes to themselves, the patient and other caregivers.
  • Care ‘n Share Toy Drive
    From its humble beginning of 150 stuffed animals collected in a wooden toy bin at the 2009 San Diego County Fair, the Care ‘n Share Toy Drive has to date distributed over 35,000 new and gently used stuffed animals to help put smiles on the faces of sick children in the region.
  • Care Wear
    Care Wear is a nationwide group of volunteers who knit, crochet, and/or sew, providing handmade baby items to hospitals. All Care Wear items are given free to infants, children and their parents.
  • The Crayon Initiative
    The Crayon Initiative organizes crayon collections that take unwanted crayons, remanufactures them, and provides them to hospitals that are caring for our kids. Hospital arts’ programs provide in-hospital entertainment and learning programs. During a hospital stay, it’s important for children to continue normal childhood development and skills building and to keep life as close to “normal” as possible for them. Art helps hospitalized children by alleviating anxiety, providing psychological support, and offering creative outlets for self-expression. Childrens’ arts programs also enhance problem-solving and critical thinking skills, and promote creativity and imagination. Children can escape into a world of fantasy penned by their own imagination just by using crayons.
  • DonateLife California
    The state-authorized nonprofit organization responsible for managing the organ, eye and tissue registry, DonateLife California’s mission is to save lives by inspiring people to sign up with the state organ, eye and tissue donor registry. Our vision is that one day all Californians will embrace organ, eye and tissue donation as their personal responsibility.
  • The Dougy Center
    The National Center for Grieving Children and Families
    The Dougy Center provides support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults and their families grieving a death can share their experiences.
  • Enable Community Foundation
    The Enable Community Foundation supports e-NABLE, an international network of passionate volunteers using 3D printing technology to design, deliver, and distribute free upper-limb prosthetics to children and other underserved populations around the world.
  • Family Caregiver Alliance National Center on Caregiving
    Founded in the late 1970s, Family Caregiver Alliance is the first community-based nonprofit organization in the country to address the needs of families and friends providing long-term care for loved ones at home. FCA, as a public voice for caregivers, shines light on the challenges caregivers face daily and champions their cause through education, services, and advocacy. The services, education programs, and resources FCA provides are designed with caregivers’ needs in mind and offer support, tailored information, and tools to manage the complex demands of caregiving.
  • Happy Hats for Kids in Hospitals
    In 1991 after the loss of her younger brother, father, mother and grandmother to cancer, Sheri Schrier founded Happy Hats for Kids in Hospitals, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. It broke her heart as she watched helplessly as the physical pain and emotional trauma of hair loss devastated her loved ones. She set out on a mission to put smiles back on the faces of hospitalized children.
  • HealthCare Chaplaincy
    HealthCare Chaplaincy is a 50 year old non-profit that provides professional chaplaincy services for 13 hospitals in metro New York. chaplains serve all people regardless of religion or beliefs. With a combination of research, education, and clinical practice, HealthCare Chaplaincy is recognized as a national leader in spirit-centered palliative care. Palliative care matches patient wishes to treatment goals and reduces suffering. Spirit-centered palliative care recognizes that people in a health crisis turn to their source of spiritual strength to help them cope. Professional chaplains are experts within the health care team at helping people identify and draw upon whatever is their source of inner strength.
  • Health Ministries Association
    The Health Ministries Association is recognized as the only national professional membership organization for faith community nurses.
  • Hospital Elder Life Program
    The Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) is a program for hospitals, designed to prevent delirium by keeping hospitalized older people oriented to their surroundings, meeting their needs for nutrition, fluids, and sleep and keeping them mobile within the limitations of their physical condition.
  • Human Trafficking
    Human Trafficking: How You Can Help
    With the goal of eradicating violence in all of its forms and dimensions in the communities we serve, CHI focuses on specific types of violence for purposes of education and awareness throughout the year.  An ongoing focus and commitment for Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) is human trafficking.
    Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts Medical Society Publish Guidebook on Human Trafficking for Health Care Providers
    Human Trafficking, A Guidebook on Identification, Assessment, and Response in the Health Care Setting, is the product of a partnership between the Human Trafficking Initiative, a program of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Emergency Medicine’s Division of Global Health & Human Rights, and Massachusetts Medical Society’s (MMS) Committee on Violence Intervention and Prevention.  The guidebook is available free online from both organizations.
  • JW House
    Located on the campus of Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center, JW House provides a warm, comfortable “home away from home” for families facing medical crises. Families and individuals from area hospitals are welcomed into the JW House family for rest and self-care during the day or overnight while their loved one is in the hospital.
  • Kiwanis Family House
    The Kiwanis Family House was built through the efforts of many Kiwanis club volunteers from the Sacramento area. It opened on July 23, 1984 to answer an urgent need for temporary housing for the families of pediatric patients at the UCD Children’s Hospital in Sacramento. 
  • The Laurel Foundation
    The mission of The Laurel Foundation is to empower children, youth and families affected by HIV/AIDS, transgender youth, and the at-risk youth population through educational and support programs in a safe and trusting environment.  The Laurel Foundation is a registered, non-profit organization founded in 1992 by Margot Andrew-Anderson to fill the urgent need for programmed activities that catered to the physical and emotional needs of children and youth affected by HIV/AIDS, transgender and other at-risk youth populations.
  • Lipstick Angels
    Lipstick Angels are dedicated to providing high quality beauty support services to restore and strengthen the dignity, hope and self-esteem of cancer patients.  Lipstick Angels strive to create an environment that fosters kindness, empathy, and support that contributes to recovery and nourishes the whole person—mind, body, and spirit.
  • Look Good…Feel Better
    The Look Good…Feel Better program was founded and developed in 1989 by the Personal Care Products Council (at the time called the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association, or CTFA), a charitable organization supported by the cosmetic industry, in cooperation with the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Professional Beauty Association/National Cosmetology Association, or PBA/NCA a national organization that represents hairstylists, wig experts, estheticians, makeup artists, and other professionals in the cosmetic industry.
    All cosmetology volunteers who are part of the program attend a 4-hour certification class to become a Look Good…Feel Better volunteer.
    Look Good…Feel Better is free, non-medical, and salon and product neutral. Volunteers and program participants do not promote any cosmetic product line or manufacturer. All cosmetics used in the group program have been donated.
  • Measuring to Achieve Patient Safety – M.A.P.S.
    Project MAPS is an initiative by the Department of Patient Affairs, on request of Hospital and Nursing leadership at the UCLA Medical Center, and as a part of UCLA’s continuous effort to improve patient safety and the quality of care. MAPS has quantifiable audit tools that measure performance in clinical processes. Performance measurement represents what is done and how it is done. The goal is to accurately understand the basis for current performance so that better results can be achieved through focused improvement actions.
  • Mended Hearts
    Mended Hearts is a national and community-based non-profit organization that has been offering the gift of hope to heart disease patients, their families and caregivers
  • Mom365 Newborn Photography
    Mom365 is the largest professional newborn photographer in the U.S.! Their staff of more than 1,700 professional photographers really loves sharing a milestone – baby’s first portrait – right in the hospital. And it doesn’t stop here. Moms can choose to purchase a wide variety of amazing portrait packages, irresistible birth announcements and keepsakes to celebrate the baby. 
  • Musicians On Call
    Bringing music to those who need it most.  It’s no secret that music can help you feel better. That’s why Musicians On Call brings music to the people that need it most – hospital patients.  Musicians On Call brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities.  Since 1999, Musicians On Call has performed for over 350,000 individuals and counting!
  • MusicMDs
    MusicMDs is a music-therapy-inspired outreach organization of high-school and college musicians who volunteer their music to promote patient healing in hospitals. MusicMDs actively assists in the healing process by providing live, one-on-one musical performances and therapeutic dialogue to individual patients, families, and medical staff in hospitals. Founded in Central Florida in 2009, MusicMDs has expanded to the Merrimack Valley region of Massachusetts as well as the Houston, Texas area. Our goal is to improve patient quality of life using music.
  • MusicWorx
    Founded in 1987, MusicWorx Inc. is a music therapy and wellness agency whose mission is to create, nurture, and maintain an environment of growth and unlimited potential for those around us. The company executive office is located near Del Mar in north coastal San Diego County, California.
    MusicWorx is both an AMTA-compliant provider of music therapy services and an AMTA-approved clinical training site for degreed music therapists working toward national board certification. 
  • National Health Foundation
    An independent, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to improving and enhancing the healthcare of the underserved by developing and supporting innovative programs that can become independently viable,
    provide systemic solutions to gaps in healthcare access and delivery, and
    have the potential to be replicated nationally.
  • National Hospice and Palliative Care Association
    The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is the largest non-profit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. The organization is committed to improving end of life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones.
  • National Volunteer Caregiving Network
    The National Volunteer Caregiving Network (NVCN) is a membership network of local community volunteer caregiving programs, regional and state collaboratives, and individuals who support the work of volunteer caregiving.  Membership is open to any organization or individual who believes they can benefit from the National Volunteer Caregiving Network.
  • National Volunteer Transportation Center
    The Center was created in 2014 response to the outpouring of interest in volunteerism related to the delivery of transportation services to many population groups including children, work force participants and older adults. Each of the founders have extensive experience in studying, supporting, and delivering volunteer transportation and are aware of the positive experience of those who volunteer to provide services as well as the many benefits accorded to those who receive the services. The founders are: Community Transportation Association of Washington, D.C.; the Beverly Foundation of Albuquerque, N.M.; Ride Connection of Portland, Ore.; CIMA Volunteers Insurance of Woodbridge, Va.; and AlterNetWays of San Francisco, Calif. 
  • Network of Card for Seniors & Persons with Disabilities
    The Network of Care is a public-facing Web portal that serves as a one-stop shop for programs; services; medical information; support, news and quite a bit more. It also offers a Referral Application for states and counties that makes it far easier for Aging and Disability Resource Center’s (ADRCs) to gather and share agency information and meet their reporting requirements.
  • No One Dies Alone
    No One Dies Alone is a volunteer program that provides the reassuring presence of a volunteer companion to dying patients who would otherwise be alone. With the support of the nursing staff, companions are thus able to help provide patients with that most valuable of human gifts: a dignified death.
  • Pan Foundation
    The inability to pay for essential medical care is not just a significant problem for the uninsured, but also for people who have health insurance. Rising deductibles, premiums, and co-insurance prevent many people from being able to afford the critical treatment they need.
    Pan Foundation’s Mission Statement is to help underinsured people with life-threatening, chronic and rare diseases get the medications and treatment they need by paying for their out-of-pocket costs and advocating for improved access and affordability.
  • Pathway Recuperative Care, A Program of National Health Foundation
    Pathway Recuperative Care is a program of the National Health Foundation. We named the program Pathway to better reflect what the program does, which is to work with hospitals to bridge the pathway home for homeless patients. The referral process and friendly staff has not changed, but we have extended the hours of admission to be more convenient to our hospitals – Mon-Sun: 8am-7pm
  • Pet Partners
    Pet Partners is the leader in promoting and demonstrating that positive human–animal interactions improve the physical, emotional and psychological lives of those we serve.
  • Planetree
    Planetree is a non-profit organization that provides education and information in a collaborative community of healthcare organizations, facilitating efforts to create patient centered care in healing environments.
  • Random Acts of Flowers
    Random Acts of Flowers recycles and repurposes flowers by engaging dedicated volunteer teams to deliver beautiful bouquets and moments of kindness to individuals in healthcare facilities across the country.
    As a recycling “green” nonprofit organization run almost entirely by volunteers, Random Acts of Flowers is committed to nourishing the health of the environment, individuals, and the community.
  • Reach to Recovery
    For more than 40 years, the American Cancer Society’s Reach to Recovery program has helped people (female and male) cope with their breast cancer experience. When people first find out they have breast cancer, they may feel overwhelmed, vulnerable and alone. While under this stress, many people must also learn about and try to understand complex medical treatments and then choose the best one. Talking with a specially trained Reach to Recovery volunteer at this time can give a measure of comfort and an opportunity for emotional grounding and informed decision-making. Volunteers are breast cancer survivors who give patients and family members an opportunity to express feelings, talk about fears and concerns, and ask questions of someone who is knowledgeable and level-headed. Most importantly, Reach to Recovery volunteers offer understanding, support and hope, because they themselves have survived breast cancer and gone on to live normal, productive lives.
  • Remote Area Medical
    The Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps is a non-profit, volunteer, airborne relief corps dedicated to serving mankind by providing free health care, dental care, eye care, veterinary services, and technical and educational assistance to people in remote areas of the United States and the world.
  • Shepherd’s Centers of America
    Shepherd’s Centers of America (SCA) is a network of interfaith community-based organizations that provide meaning and purpose for adults throughout their mature years. SCA’s role is to build and support this nationwide network of member organizations.  Shepherd’s Centers all have a commonly understood mission to empower older adults to use their wisdom and skills for the good of their communities.
  • StoryCorps
    StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 40,000 interviews from nearly 80,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to our weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition and on our Listen pages.
  • Therapy Dogs International
    Therapy Dogs International (TDI®) is a volunteer organization dedicated to regulating, testing and registration of therapy dogs and their volunteer handlers for the purpose of visiting nursing homes, hospitals, other institutions and wherever else therapy dogs are needed.
  • Trauma Intervention Programs, Inc.
    Trauma Intervention Program Inc. (TIP), a national non-profit organization was founded in 1985. TIP has 16 affiliates serving over 250 cities across the nation.  Each affiliate, citizen volunteers respond to traumatic incidents at the request of Police, Fire and Hospital personnel to support those who are emotionally traumatized. 
  • Vision Project
    Vision Project is an organization dedicated to the development of investigative journalism, documentary photography, multimedia and education. The goal of Vision Project is to produce documentary material and educational programs that encourage understanding and awareness about a broad range of social issues. This information and programming is for the general public with a particular focus on members of the younger generation. Vision Project seeks to reinforce the social, cultural and historical value documentary work contributes to society. To reach these goals, the Vision Project assembled a talented group of professionals with extensive expertise in photography, web technology, journalism, multimedia, video, design and education.
  • Volunteers in Medicine
    Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) is the only national non-profit dedicated to assisting communities with the development of free health care clinics for the uninsured.
  • W.H.A.L.E. Program Child Safety Seat Occupant Identification Program
    The purpose of this site is to centralize all the different W.H.A.L.E™ Programs. Over half the states have programs in place, but no centralized data base of the information. This website will do just that. As this site grows, and new programs are added,  the site will be updated with the new information.
  • With Heart and Hands
    In the fall of 2005, Michele Bilyeu was one of 200 quilters who gathered together in a downtown Salem (OR) Convention Center, to make quilts for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina. In just two days, 200 people created an amazing 200 quilts. That experience was so energizing, and so fulfilling, that Michele wanted to further her goals of both creating quilts for charitable causes, and finding ways to share that quilting process. Once she became aware of quilt blogs and blogging, and learned how to create a blog……she did!
  • Zen Hospice Project
    The Zen Hospice Project mission is to help change the experience of dying.  They create space for living that offers the opportunity for individuals, their loved ones and caregivers to find comfort, connection, and healing in this shared human experience. Through their pioneering model of care, they inspire each other to live fully.