About Get Involved Now
Our mission is to meet the personal and emotional needs of pediatric, high-risk pregnancy, and leukemia and lymphoma patients and their families during life-defining healthcare moments.
To fulfill our mission, Get Involved Now has 3 core activities:
- Community events
- Grant Program
Get Involved Now funds its activities primarily through its "Big Hearts for Little Hearts" annual fundraiser. Big Hearts for Little Hearts generates funds through sales of event tickets, donated auction items and raffle tickets for donated items. This special event raised approximately $31,000 in 2014.
Get Involved Now members organize bimonthly volunteer opportunities for GetWellNetwork employees with a special focus on pediatric, high-risk pregnancy, and leukemia and lymphoma.
The Get Involved Now grant program has grown consistently since our inception. In 2011, we awarded 15 grants. In 2012, we awarded 23 grants. And in 2013, we awarded 37 grants for a total of $7,473!
Two types of grants are reviewed and awarded on a rolling basis throughout the year:
- Get Involved Now Grants are awarded to employees of GetWellNetwork who lead or play a significant role in designing and implementing a project to help patients and patient families in their community. Examples include holding a fundraiser for a local March of Dimes, or purchasing yarn and organizing volunteers to sew special caps for cancer patients who have lost their hair during chemotherapy.
- Get Well Soon Grants are awarded to GetWellNetwork employees and Volunteer Services employees of hospitals affiliated with GetWellNetwork who lead or play a significant role in designing or implementing a project to improve the hospital experience for patients and families. Examples of Get Well Soon Grants include hosting a children’s movie night, hiring a massage therapist to give free massages to high-risk pregnancy patients, or creating care packages for recovering patients.
GetWellNetwork employees are eligible to apply for a Get Involved Now grant, and hospitals may apply for a Get Well Soon grant. Grant recipients are selected by the GIN committee, which is made up of individuals appointed by the organization's president.
The GIN committee meets regularly to review grant applications. Qualified proposals that align with the Get Involved Now mission of supporting patients and their families will likely be approved for a grant. Grants are currently awarded in the amount of up to $250 each.
Contact your IPC Manager if you're interested in applying for a grant at your facility. Completed grant proposals or questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get Involved Now, Inc. ("GIN") is a Maryland 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.
Until its incorporation on August 6, 2012, Get Involved Now was the community service committee of GetWellNetwork, Inc., a for-profit provider of Interactive Patient Care™ (IPC) solutions that help health care providers educate and engage patients in their care. The community service committee was established in 2009 as an internal initiative to promote the mental well-being and physical comfort of patients and families during major in-hospital health care episodes. The program relies on volunteer support from GetWellNetwork employees and its client community to organize and administer fundraising programs, and continues to expand its work and scope.