We did it! Thanks to the generosity of donors like you and your help spreading the word, Fairview’s Youth Grief Services has met a $20,000 matching grant challenge.
Providing a lifeline of hope to families in need, Youth Grief Services charts the course for healing early on, providing benefits that can continue for a lifetime.
The challenge grant was first announced at the Youth Grief Services’ One Last Hug Event held at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center on Feb. 27.
A group of generous donors came forward to match all program donations made through March 31 dollar for dollar up to $10,000.00.
Over a hundred generous individuals responded, either by making a gift or sharing information about Youth Grief Services with family and friends.
Now that the match has been met, the Youth Grief Services team will be able to add another support group series so families don’t need to wait as long as six months for the help they need.
In addition, Camp Erin, a weekend-long grief camp designed for children who have experienced significant loss, will be expanded. Another cabin will be added in order to extend the camp experience to even more children coping with grief.
“This was really an exciting both for us and the children and families that we serve,” says Jenny Simmonds, lead program coordinator, Fairview’s Youth Grief Services.
“These funds will have such a direct and meaningful impact on the work that we do.”
The HBO documentary that inspired the challenge grant, One Last Hug (…and a few smooches): Three Days at Grief Camp, will premiere on HBO on April 14. The documentary short by award-winning filmmakers, shows how organizations like Fairview are helping children cope with devastating loss.