2-1-1 is the telephone number of a call center that offers information and provides referrals to health and human services for everyday needs and in times of crisis. Services vary from community to community.
Examples of service referrals include:
- Health services and support
- Financial and social assistance
- Housing and utility help
- Food assistance and meal programs
- Senior services and home care
- Government program assistance
- Parenting and family programs
- Disability support services
- Volunteer organizations
- Newcomer services
- Mental health support
Population served: Children and adults in Canada diagnosed with cancer
To assist children and adults who are facing the hardships of a cancer diagnosis; to improve mental, social and emotional well-being while helping to minimize the concerns that cancer can cause.
- Camp Scholarship Program allows children in remission to reconnect with friends and activities by providing funding for a camp of their choice (sports, music, art, science, horseback riding, water skiing or other activities)
- Helping Hands Fund provides emergency bridge payments directly to utility companies and landlords, ensuring that each child has a warm, safe place to call home while recovering from cancer.
Population served: Canadians affected by cancer
Cancer View Canada connects Canadians to online services, information and resources for cancer control. It is an ever-evolving portal that brings together resources for cancer prevention, screening, treatment, and supportive, palliative and end-of-life care.
Through its collaborative tools, Cancer View Canada also links people in the Canadian cancer community to each other.
Population served: Jewish children (infancy through age 21) worldwide, diagnosed with a life-threatening illness as well as those who have serious chronic or genetic conditions
Chai Lifeline meets the nonmedical needs of seriously ill children, their families and communities. Its mission is to enhance lives through programs and services.
- Offers Camp Simcha - a sleep-away camp for children with cancer and other hematological illnesses
- Offers Camp Simcha Special - designed to meet the medical and social needs of children with more than 60 diagnoses
Population served: Children with cancer and their families in Canada
Dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with cancer and their families by funding research and providing support and resources.
- Provides Family Support Kit with information and support for families of newly diagnosed children
- Provides post-secondary scholarships to childhood cancer survivors
- Offers a benevolent fund to assist with funeral expenses
- Provides support groups for parents and survivors
- Offers National Teen Network which allows diagnosed teens to get in touch with teen survivors who have experienced a similar type of cancer - parents can also speak to a teen or the teen's parents
- Offers national newsletters, eNews and Teleconference services
Population served: Children under age 18 with a life-threatening illness, worldwide
CWFI fulfils wishes for children and unlike other wish-granting organizations, does not have a minimum age. However, if the child's health allows it, the wish fulfilment is reserved until the child is old enough to fully enjoy and remember the experience.
- Offers Wish Fulfillment Program, which provides a trip to a destination of the patient's choice and includes travel arrangements, lodging, entertainment tickets, expense money and volunteer support
- Offers the Family Focus Program, which provides a memorable evening out. CWFI offers gift cards and certificates for families to enjoy a special dinner together or a trip to a local family entertainment center, theatre tickets or entrance to sporting events, a circus, etc. In addition, CWFI arranges for weekend getaways
- Offers Hospital Enrichment Program, which places educational and entertainment materials in hospitals that care for children (toys, books, electronics, dolls and children's clothing). In addition, CWFI hosts festive parties at many hospitals
- Offers Young Minds Program for children under age 3 or whose cognitive level is under age 3. This program can offer:
- TV with DVD player and DVD collection
- CD player with music collection
- Toy and doll collection
- Comfort station with rocker
- Activity assortment
Population served: Children ages 7 to 15 years with a serious medical condition and their families
To ensure that every child with a serious medical condition has the chance to experience the world of possibilities that camp has to offer; to provide a unique healing experience to kids in need and their families.
- Dedicated to providing “a different kind of healing” to seriously ill children and their families throughout the Northeast, free of charge
- Campers come from many different states in the U.S. and even different countries
- COPE (Change of Pace Experience) is offered to parents of first-time campers. It is free of charge and is held off site at a hotel and retreat center. The weekend not only provides respite, renewal, laughter and fun, but also an opportunity for couples to reconnect with each other while also forming new and lasting friendships with other camp parents.