As an essential service, we provide critical support to parents during their cancer treatments. NAN will continue to provide support to families throughout the pandemic and beyond. NAN responded quickly by moving existing programs online and adding new ones to address issues that arose due to the pandemic. As of September, NAN has resumed in-home support for those families and volunteers who are comfortable doing so with rigorous health and safety protocols in place. For others who are not yet ready to resume in-home services, NAN is continuing to provide virtual support throughout the pandemic.
NAN In Person Visit COVID-19 Volunteer Policy and Procedure
NAN’s response to the pandemic has been prompt and reflects the ongoing needs of our families. Thank you for your patience and support during this time.
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For details on how we adapted our programming during the pandemic, please see below.
Nanny Angel Network Program for Children
For our existing flagship program, once the pandemic hit, our Nanny Angels moved immediately to providing virtual support, where kids could continue to express their concerns to a specially trained volunteer Nanny Angel and engage in fun activities online each week. As of September, we have resumed in-home support for those families and their Nanny Angels who are comfortable doing so.
In response to the effects of the pandemic, NAN developed the following new initiatives to support our moms and their kids. These programs are ongoing:
When schools closed NAN developed the Homework Club to provide extra support to kids struggling to keep up with their schoolwork. Our Homework buddies provide two hours per week of virtual support to help kids with their homework and ensure they don’t fall behind or lose confidence. This program will continue as kids return to school this fall.
Ronda Green Camp in a Box
With most summer camps closed, NAN pivoted to provide a virtual camp in a box program to NAN families. Kids received a box of engaging camp activities weekly throughout the summer. Our virtual camp counsellors provided two hours per week of fun activities, allowing kids to enjoy a great summer experience, and giving moms a much-needed break.
Meal Support Program
Recognizing that fear of exposure to the virus when immunocompromised severely impacted our moms’ ability to feed their children healthy, nutritious meals, NAN developed our Meal Support Program. In collaboration with local catering partners NAN has provided over 8,500 meals to our NAN families during the pandemic. With the recommendation of our Child Life Specialists, NAN will continue to support our highest risk families with meal support during the toughest part of their cancer journey.
Moms’ Support Group
To combat the isolation that many of our moms felt during the pandemic, NAN created a virtual online support group facilitated by our Cancer Nurse Navigator, Miriam Sweet Goldstein. Moms have been able to meet weekly to share struggles and support one another during this difficult time.
If you have questions regarding our COVID-19 response or require any information on our programs, please contact our Program Manager, Cassie DiClemente email@example.com
If you would like to receive support or refer a family, please contact Alyssa Gallant firstname.lastname@example.org.