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Community Non-Profit Organization Partners

We believe that child life has a role inside and outside of the pediatric hospital setting, and that children are discharged from the hospital to return to their communities. Furthermore, we are committed to helping community non-profit organizations develop, execute, and assess quality programming for diverse populations of children and families facing medical challenges and other stressors. Our MSCL students are involved in a variety of settings outside of the traditional hospital setting.

Below are the descriptions of four of our community non-profit organization partners. Our students work with these organizations throughout their time with us. We celebrate all of our community partnerships through which our students gain valuable experiences and create lasting memories while serving children and families in the community and state. 

Bridges For End of Life: Resources for End of Life Realities

We are honored to have a partnership with the Bridge’s End-of-Life organization, which serves to help children and their families experiencing grief and bereavement.  Our students are involved in designing and implementing the programming for Bridge’s Shannon’s Hope Camp, an overnight camp for children who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Our students also independently facilitate Sand Dollar Club, a 12 week in-school bereavement program for children and adolescents in schools around Charleston. Please visit their website for more about this organization.

Camp Rise Above

Through their work in children’s hospitals around South Carolina, Camp Rise Above helps provide children with enjoyable, camp-like experiences in hospitals within South Carolina. In addition, they provide a number of summer day-camp experiences for children facing a variety of medical challenges. The organization's moto is “giving children strength for their journey”, and they provide a variety of activities for children with serious illness, life challenges, and disabilities. Our students primarily assist in facilitating camp in the three major children's hospitals in the state as well as one more rural regional hospital. Our students have helped design the play programming for these hospital-based events, as well as the play activities for children on infection precautions. They help facilitate games, arts and crafts, and musical celebrations among other activities. For more information about Camp Rise Above, their programs in the hospital, and their camps, please visit their website here.

The Lonon Foundation

The Lonon Foundation seeks to provide play and recreational services to children affected by a parent's or caregiver's diagnosis of cancer. Through this partnership, our students have the opportunity to design event programming and train and supervise the College of Charleston undergraduate volunteers from Uplift (Using Play, Love, Inspiration, and Friendship as Therapy) in implementing developmentally appropriate programming for Uplift events. For more information about the Lonon Foundation, please visit their website.

Camp Happy Days

Camp Happy Days is designed to provide support and encouragement to children diagnosed with cancer and their families. The organization's mission is to help "kids discover the power within themselves." Our partnership with Camp Happy Days provides opportunities for MSCL students to take a leadership role in facilitated camps, family weekend, and special events. Camp Happy Days offers a week-long camp for children with cancer and their siblings in a traditional camp environment, including experiences in dancing, painting, fishing, and various water activities. The students also help to facilitate "Family Weekend" in which parents connect with other parents experiencing the stress of having a child with a life-threatening illness. Please refer to the Camp Happy Days website for further information about their organization. 

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