This week we’ve been featuring charitable organizations and foundations that we are proud to support. Today we are featuring The Kolbe Fund. Nothing is more inspirational than when someone takes a personal tragedy or hardship and not only overcomes, but uses their experience to help other people. The Kolbe Fund is a perfect example of that type of philanthropy.
What is the Kolbe Fund?
The Kolbe fund is an organization providing support for families who must travel in order to obtain the best medical care for a child.
Who does the fund provide assistance to?
Families who are traveling to the hospital to seek care for a sick child, and can’t afford lodging.
What is the history behind The Kolbe Fund?
Maximilian Kolbe Schnittman was born on the feast day of St. Maximilian Kolbe – a Polish Franciscan friar that volunteered to die in place of a stranger at Auschwitz. In February 2011 an MRI revealed that 4-year old Max had a brain tumor. Together with Max and his two younger sisters, Max’s family journeyed to seek the medical team that would deliver health. These travels, long days and nights in the hospital, and the loving support of friends and family delivered the miracle of modern pediatric medicine. Two surgeries and four years later, Max is beating all odds and on the path to a long healthy life.
The Kolbe Fund incorporated in May 2013 as a result of fundraiser held in Max’s honor. With $7,000 in the bank and a commitment to celebrate the miracles that occur at top children’s hospitals, something spectacular was born!
In September 2013, The Kolbe Fund launched its Hopeful Nights program to provide emergency hotel lodging to financially struggling families that must travel to receive pediatric medical care. In this program’s first year, 471 nights of emergency lodging was provided to 194 families from 26 different states. Our families come to the Philadelphia region to obtain pediatric medical treatment for a wide range of illnesses.
For families with sick children, priorities are rearranged and healthcare becomes the most primary concern. There is no distance too far or remedy unfit to ponder if can deliver the hope or promise of a cure. The Kolbe Fund was created to empower all families to seek out the finest care – no matter what their financial situation may be.
What are the services that the fund provide?
Through our partnerships with children’s’ hospitals and hotels around the country.
The Kolbe fund provides lodging and parking accommodations for families traveling to receive medical care for their sick child. Referrals are made through The Ronald McDonald House and hospital social workers. The majority of families served are traveling to receive care at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Often, The Kolbe Fund is able to coordinate accommodations within an hour of receipt of our simple application. Also, as part of this program, based on the recommendations of social workers, The Kolbe Fund frequently provides families with gift cards for food from local vendors.
Kolbe Kits are small canvas tote bags containing practical items donated by local individuals and businesses. These bags are distributed to families traveling to the Philadelphia region for pediatric medical care
How can someone apply to your Hopeful Nights program?
All applications for our Hopeful Nights program are based on a social worker referral. To participate, ask your social worker to contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have hospital social worker you are working with or, if you are turned away from a Ronald McDonald House, they can easily refer you as appropriate.
How do people get involved?
We are seeking out more than just donations. We are looking for board members and volunteers. For details, go to the Get Involved portion of our website.
Which hospitals do you serve?
The Kolbe Fund serves families who must travel to CHOP, Wills Eye Institute, Jefferson, UPenn, Christiana, and A. I. duPont. We partner with hotels that are close to each hospital in order to give our families the most comfort and convenience possible.
The Kolbe fund can be reached at:
The Kolbe Fund
701 Old Valley Road
Exton, PA 19341