'Tis the Season of Giving! College Ambassador, Alex Haney, took a moment to share his favorite non-profit with us.
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What if children struggling with serious illness had the opportunity to have fun and simply be themselves? This is the goal of SeriousFun Children's Network, an incredible non-profit founded by Paul Newman! What SeriousFun Children's Network has created is an international community of different programs and camps that allow these children to enjoy themselves completely free of charge to their families.
SeriousFun Children's Network has positively affected more than 600,000 children since its foundation by Paul Newman in 1988. It originally started as a single program in Connecticut, and now it has reached out across 50 countries and 5 continents. It spreads the message of how important it is that children are able to enjoy themselves, and how rewarding it can be to take fun seriously.
This non-profit is the national service partner of Delta Kappa Alpha National Professional Cinema Fraternity, the organization that I am a member of at the University of Southern California. DKA is involved with The Painted Turtle, one of the camps under the umbrella of SeriousFun Children's Network. Our chapter has organized many volunteer trips to The Painted Turtle to work with the campers and help make their time there truly fun.
I find this non-profit to be especially significant because it recognizes the importance of happiness in our lives. It truly spreads a message of positivity, and I feel like there is so much to be learned from its mission. Everybody deserves to be happy, and SeriousFun Children's Network is helping to make this goal a reality.
If you're interested in volunteering for or donating to SeriousFun Children's Network, feel free to visit this page to get involved!
Serious Fun Children's Network's mission statement:
“To create opportunities for children and their families to reach beyond serious illness and discover joy, confidence and a new world of possibilities, always free of charge."