Give A Boost to Moms for Mother's Day
Feb
23
to May 5

Give A Boost to Moms for Mother's Day

Between late Feb. and early May, we collaboratively collect gifts that local businesses, organizations, and individuals want to donate to moms who need to spend Mother’s Day in a local pediatric medical facility in order to care for her child who will be there due to her/his complex medical condition. Eliana’s Light combines all the gifts into gift bags that we deliver to our partner medical facilities: Children’s National Medical Center, The Children’s Inn at NIH, HSC’s Pediatric Center, The Kennedy Krieger Institute, John’s Hopkins’ Children’s Center, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, and Inova Children’s Hospital.

We hope you can join us in this effort! If you are a local business that sells a wellness-related item (e.g. teas) or provides a wellness-related service (e.g. massage), please let us know if you can make a donation to this effort. We’re always excited to partner with local businesses that want to make a positive impact in the community in which they work.

If you are a member of our community, and would like to help us find local businesses that would like to contribute and/or make the packages for moms, please contact us. We're seeking donations of gift certificates in $10 denominations to places like Starbucks, Dunkin', Panera, Chipotle, Cava, and other healthy-ish chains and also gas stations that have locations close to the participating medical centers in DC, MD, and VA. We also welcome toiletries, donations of organic lavender flower we can use for making sachets, foot massage rollers, and similar self-care items moms may use. We'll then use them to fill 600 total gift bags.

Thank you for your consideration, and we look forward to collaborating with you!

Please email info@elianaslight.org to let us know your interest.

“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”

KAHLIL GIBRAN, The Prophet

We’re so grateful to the dozens of individuals and to the following organizations and businesses that have already confirmed their contributions: Children’s National Medical Center (volunteer doctors with their children donating to and packing gift bags; staff distributing gift bags), CIVITAN (gift card and toiletry donation, volunteer service day), Compass Coffee, Fit4Mom of Montgomery County (gift cards and toiletries donation, volunteer service day), Growing Foods Bakery (baked goods donation), HSC Health & Residential Services (volunteer service day), Lollipop Kids Foundation (donated items for gift bags; organizing volunteer gathering to make items for gift bags), Spring Valley Pediatrics and Stork (gift card donations), and The Nanny Network (gift certificate donations).

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In The Case of An Emergency: How To Keep Your Child Safe
Mar
23
10:00 AM10:00

In The Case of An Emergency: How To Keep Your Child Safe

Join Eliana’s Light and the Lollipop Kids Foundation in our 2nd in-person learning event with Montgomery County’s Police Department and Fire & Rescue Service to share practical tips and helpful guidance on how to keep your child safe in the case of an emergency. Please read the tip sheet we developed with parents at last year’s event: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5893aadedb29d6ce15167eb2/t/5b40abc1575d1f7f896b687a/1530964929300/EmergencyPreparednessTipsforCaregiversJune2018.pdf. We will be building on this and disseminating an updated version after this year’s event.

To register, please visit: https://lollipop.dm.networkforgood.com/forms/in-case-of-an-emergency-rsvp-3-23-19-10am.

If you have any questions, please email Whitney at info@elianaslight.org. Thank you!

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Give A Boost to Dads for Father's Day
Apr
20
to Jun 16

Give A Boost to Dads for Father's Day

Between April and June, we collaboratively collect gifts local businesses, organizations, and individuals want to donate to dads who need to spend Father’s Day in a local pediatric medical facility to care for her child who has a complex medical condition. Eliana’s Light combines all the gifts into gift bags that we deliver to our partner medical facilities: Children’s National Medical Center, The Children’s Inn at NIH, HSC’s Pediatric Center, The Kennedy Krieger Institute, John’s Hopkins’ Children’s Center, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, and Inova Children’s Hospital.

If you are a local business that sells a wellness-related item (e.g. healthy food) or provides a wellness-related service (e.g. massage), please let us know if you can make a donation to this effort. We’re always excited to partner with local businesses that want to make a positive impact in the community in which they work.

If you are a member of our community, and would like to help us find local businesses that would like to contribute and/or make the packages for dads, please contact us. We're seeking donations of gift certificates in $10 denominations to places like Starbucks, Dunkin', Panera, Chipotle, Cava, and other healthy-ish chains and also gas stations that have locations close to the participating medical centers in DC, MD, and VA. We also welcome toiletries, foot massage rollers, and similar self-care items dads may use. We'll then use them to fill 600 total gift bags.

We look forward to collaborating with you to support local dads! Please email info@elianaslight.org to let us know your interest. Thank you!

We’re so grateful to the dozens of individuals and to the following organizations and businesses that have already confirmed their contributions: Children’s National Medical Center (volunteer doctors with their children donating to and packing gift bags; staff distributing gift bags), CIVITAN (gift card and toiletry donation, volunteer service day), Compass Coffee (gift cards), Fit4Mom of Montgomery County (gift cards and toiletries donation, volunteer service day), Growing Foods Bakery (baked goods donation), HSC Health & Residential Services (volunteer service day), Lollipop Kids Foundation (donated items for gift bags; organizing volunteer gathering to make items for gift bags), Spring Valley Pediatrics and Stork (gift card donations), and The Nanny Network (gift certificate donations).

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Apr
27
9:00 AM09:00

Service Day With Students from DCASE Partner Schools

We’re excited to collaborate with students from partner schools of the DC Association for Special Education. Students will be volunteering to make items for and fill gift bags that Eliana’s Light will be distributing to moms who need to spend Mother’s Day and dads who need to spend Father’s Day in the hospital in order to care for their child who will be there. We’re so grateful to these students and their schools for their interest in helping these local parents.

Participating schools include: The Kingsbury Center, The Katherine Thomas School, and The IvyMount School.

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Eliana's Light Joins Spring In The Valley
May
11
to Jul 11

Eliana's Light Joins Spring In The Valley

  • Spring Valley Pediatrics (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Eliana’s Light is excited to join Spring Valley Pediatrics, Spring Valley Neighborhood Association and Stork for Spring in the Valley 2019 on May 11th from 11-2 pm (rain date 5/18/19 same time)

This is a wonderful neighborhood and family-friendly event. There will be multiple foods trucks for lunch, complementary car seat installations and checks, bouncy houses, balloon animals, face painting, and more!

Location: top and bottom lot of Spring Valley Pediatrics.

We’ll be making self-care items at our table and handing out tips for how parents and kids can practice self-care at home. We hope to see you there!

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Energy Healing: Tips for Caregivers
Jun
15
3:30 PM15:30

Energy Healing: Tips for Caregivers

This experiential workshop for caregivers will share basics on a variety of energy healing techniques that can bring stress relief and relaxation while supporting the body's natural ability to heal. Caregivers will learn gentle ways to care for themselves and their children. More details coming soon!

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Connecting to Wellness . . . in the Community Health Expo
Mar
19
1:00 PM13:00

Connecting to Wellness . . . in the Community Health Expo

Eliana’s Light is thrilled to participate as an exhibitor during this Health Expo at Children’s National Medical Center. Members of the community are welcome to attend! Participating program partners are:

Participating Program Partners:

·         WIC – Women Infants and Children

·         IMPACT DC – Improving Pediatric Asthma Care in the District of Columbia

·         Nutrition Services

·         Patient Family Education – Nursing

·         Chaplin Services

·         Children’s Health Center at THEARC – Mobile Health Program

·         Breathe DC

·         CentroNia

·         District of Columbia Public Schools

·         Office of the State Superintendent on Education

·         Eliana’s Light

·         The Parkinson Foundation, National Capital Area

·         The Grassroot Project

·         Therapeutic Links, LLC

·         American Kidney Fund

·         WANDA: Women Advancing Nutrition, Dietetics, and Agriculture

·         Georgetown University / Howard University CTSA

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Recruiting for online support group for caregivers of children who have complex medical conditions
Mar
7
to Mar 14

Recruiting for online support group for caregivers of children who have complex medical conditions

Eliana's Light is collaborating with Hope Grows, a PA-based non-profit that will be leading a pilot online support group for caregivers of children who have complex medical conditions. The following are details you're welcome to share with any caregiver you know and think may be interested:

Support Group for Caregivers ~ Online

 This 4-week online pilot program offers current caregivers the opportunity to share their stories with other caregivers. The goal of this group is to provide an atmosphere that is favorable to the already busy and overwhelmed day of providing care. This online environment addresses topics of self-care, stress, and coping. Facilitated by a masters-level counselor, this Hope Grows online group will bring support and comfort right into your home.

Guidelines

Must be a current caregiverMust have a computer with internet service, camera and microphone (preferred to be in a private area unless individual uses headset)Must be willing to provide address, email, birthdate, phone number, and create an online account (access and login information will be provided)Must be available for 3 of the 4 sessionsBe willing to take an online pre- and post- assessment to measure caregiver stress and coping.Sign a privacy agreement stating you will adhere to the group guideline and privacy of all group participants

Hope Grows has not yet determined what day or time this group will occur. This will happen once we establish sufficient interest. If you are interested in participating in this group and have times/dates that work best with your schedule, please email Whitney Ortiz of Eliana's Light at info@elianaslight.org by March 13th.

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"Conversation With A Caregiver": Eileen Walters, Nurse and Manager of the Beyond the Spectrum program at Children's National Medical Center
Feb
25
10:30 AM10:30

"Conversation With A Caregiver": Eileen Walters, Nurse and Manager of the Beyond the Spectrum program at Children's National Medical Center

  • Children's National Medical Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Interested in how to support #children with #autismspectrumdisorders before, during, & after medical procedures? Watch our latest "Conversation With A Caregiver" with Eileen Walters, nurse and manager of the Beyond the Spectrum program at Children's National Medical Center.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVLtWPfEY2E&feature=youtu.be

Through this "Conversation With A Caregiver", Ms. Walters shares practical information and resources on strategies that have proven to be effective. To access resources for parents and practitioners that she and her colleagues developed, please visit: http://childrensnational.org/autismvisualresources.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Walters at ewalters@childrensnational.org.

We added this link and a downloadable PowerPoint presentation on the Beyond the Spectrum program to a section of the "Resources" page of our website: https://www.elianaslight.org/websitesappsbooks.

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4th Annual Valentine's Day Cards for Kids & Cookies for Caregivers Initiative
Jan
12
to Feb 14

4th Annual Valentine's Day Cards for Kids & Cookies for Caregivers Initiative

Join us for the 4th Annual Valentine’s Day Cards for Kids & Cookies for Caregivers initiative!

Volunteers (of all ages) make cards for children who have to be in a DC, MD, or VA pediatric hospital over Valentine's Day and cookies for the caregivers who support them. We want the recipients of both to know that members of their community are thinking of them and sending them best wishes. The cards are only for the kids, and include uplifting messages. The cookies are only for the caregivers (due to the children’s specific dietary needs) and are from healthy-ish nut-free recipes. Some participating groups are only making cards, and some are only making cookies.

What is the process? During this community service activity, participating adults and young people discuss topics such as empathy, helping others, volunteering, friendship, respect for diversity, and making a positive impact in life. The card and cookie recipients have reflected they’re touched and moved to know members of their community really care about them, and are sending them positive uplifts during their challenging times. This small act of kindness can have a big impact. 

Eliana’s Light receives by mail and picks up from local groups the cards and/or cookies, and delivers them to staff at Children’s National Medical Center, Inova Children's Hospital, HSC's Pediatric Center, John’s Hopkins’ Children’s Center, the Children's Inn at NIH, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, the Kennedy Krieger Institute, and Walter Reed. We may engage more pediatric medical centers based on the number of volunteers involved. The staff members at the medical centers disseminate the cards to patients and the cookies to their caregivers (i.e., parents and staff members). 

How can individuals and groups participate?

* Organize a group of friends and/or colleagues for a Valentine's Day card and/or cookie making party at your house.

o If your group will be making cards, the following is some guidance for your consideration:

* Hospital staff have cleared the following messages for inclusion in the Valentine’s Day cards: "You are loved"; "You are surrounded by love"; "I believe in you"; "You are strong and brave"; "I wish you the very best"; "You rock"; "I am thinking of you and sending you love"; "You inspire me"; "You are awesome"; "I hope you have a great day today"; "Be brave"; and "Always remember how awesome you are".

* We welcome any way participating kids would like to sign their cards. For example, they can be signed, "First name, grade, school name", or "X-grader, school name, city name", or "X-grader, city name". We'd love some kind of signature to personalize the cards.

o If your group will be making cookies, we’re especially looking for nut-free and low-sugar recipes that will give a tasty boost to caregivers.

* Ask your child's teacher if their class would be interested in making Valentine’s Day cards to support kids and caregivers who will be at these pediatric medical centers in our region. Teachers often discuss topics such as empathy, volunteering, and kindness with their participating students. 

* Donate any supplies you may have for making cards. We welcome red, white, and pink construction paper; white printer paper; glue sticks; stickers; and kid scissors. No glitter please :)

* Share your favorite nut-free, low-sugar, low-cost, and easy-to-make cookie recipes you think caregivers would enjoy.

* Make a financial donation to help Eliana’s Light cover the cost of providing some card-making supplies to participating non-profit organizations (https://elianaslight.z2systems.com/np/clients/elianaslight/donation.jsp?campaign=1&).

How can individuals and groups register to participate? If you’re interested in participating or supporting this initiative, please email your interest to Whitney Ortiz (info@elianaslight.org). We will coordinate directly with you. We welcome volunteer participation from all locations, and can receive cards by mail if you live further than 1 hour from Washington, DC.

When do the cards and cookies need to be done? We will need to collect all items by the end of the day on Fri., Feb. 8th. Earlier is better so Eliana's Light has time to package and distribute the cards before Valentine's Day.

We hope this information is helpful to you, and we’re happy to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to your participation!

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We'll Wrap Your Gifts For You While You Choose A Book For A Local Family
Dec
15
4:00 PM16:00

We'll Wrap Your Gifts For You While You Choose A Book For A Local Family

If you bring your presents to Barnes & Noble in Arlington, we will wrap them for you! We’ll have a table and look forward to talking with you. While not necessary in order to have your gifts wrapped, we also welcome your purchasing a book for a local family we’re supporting. We hope you can join us for this festive occasion!

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Book Talk with Dr. Joanna Breyer at National Press Club
Nov
13
6:30 PM18:30

Book Talk with Dr. Joanna Breyer at National Press Club

Join us for a discussion with Dr. Joanna Breyer on When Your Child Is Sick: A Guide to Navigating The Practical and Emotional Challenges of Caring for a Child Who Is Very Ill. $10 for non-members. To purchase tickets, please visit: https://www.press.org/events/npc-headliners-book-event-joanna-breyer-what-do-when-your-child-sick?fbclid=IwAR0oAW8qLOsauLL2TKubz0EN3whMrAs9uii5hkpbUnAqtb0QZ7Ehj2l2Aa0#tickets.

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Sips, Sweets and Sparkles
Nov
8
6:00 PM18:00

Sips, Sweets and Sparkles

Join us and the DC Area Moms Blog for Sips, Sweets, and Sparkles ✨ events for moms on November 8th from 10am - 12pm OR 6pm - 8pm at @kendrascott in Georgetown. Two events in one day! (We are trying to be available for SAHM/WAHM moms in addition to moms that are more available in the evening). As part of our #shine campaign, please bring a toiletry Eliana’s Light will include in a customized Constellation Kit for moms of children with complex medical conditions.

Please come—tix on sale now! https://www.tickettailor.com/events/dcareamomsblog/205256/

Thank you, DC Area Moms Blog and Kendra Scott, for your support and collaboration!

We will have Sips, Sweets, Mingling, and ideas for holiday Shopping. Each ticketed attendee will receive a swag bag, a chance to win giveaways from local businesses, and a 15% discount code at the Kendra Scott register. .
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Some of the GIVEAWAYS are from @littlebirdiesboutique , Meals from @vegetableandbutcher , Class passes to the @tlgarlingtonva (the Little Gym), Simone Visits the Museum book @simoneshinesdc , The Sheep Who Could Not Leap book, Gift baskets, and more!
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Each ticketed attendee will receive a SWAG BAG with coupons, samples, and passes from places like @badlandsplay , Little Birdies Boutique, @thedoughjar and more! 💕💕
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PLUS moms will get their make-up touched up by Valerie Hammer (@mizchynuhdoll ) 💄 and Kristina Sherk @shark_pixel will take photos of our fun event! 📷 👇
Be sure to grab a ticket, grab a friend and enjoy some socializing with fellow moms! Can't wait to see you! 
Big thanks to Kendra Scott for hosting us and for all of the businesses involved! Be sure to show your event ticket on your phone to receive your 15% discount at the register! .

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Sips, Sweets, and Sparkles
Nov
8
10:00 AM10:00

Sips, Sweets, and Sparkles

Join us and the DC Area Moms Blog for Sips, Sweets, and Sparkles ✨ events for moms on November 8th from 10am - 12pm OR 6pm - 8pm at @kendrascott in Georgetown. Two events in one day! (We are trying to be available for SAHM/WAHM moms in addition to moms that are more available in the evening). As part of our #shine campaign, please bring a toiletry Eliana’s Light will include in a customized Constellation Kit for moms of children with complex medical conditions.

Please come—tix on sale now! https://www.tickettailor.com/events/dcareamomsblog/205256/

Thank you, DC Area Moms Blog and Kendra Scott, for your support and collaboration!

We will have Sips, Sweets, Mingling, and ideas for holiday Shopping. Each ticketed attendee will receive a swag bag, a chance to win giveaways from local businesses, and a 15% discount code at the Kendra Scott register. .
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Some of the GIVEAWAYS are from @littlebirdiesboutique , Meals from @vegetableandbutcher , Class passes to the @tlgarlingtonva (the Little Gym), Simone Visits the Museum book @simoneshinesdc , The Sheep Who Could Not Leap book, Gift baskets, and more!
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Each ticketed attendee will receive a SWAG BAG with coupons, samples, and passes from places like @badlandsplay , Little Birdies Boutique, @thedoughjar and more! 💕💕
👀👀
PLUS moms will get their make-up touched up by Valerie Hammer (@mizchynuhdoll ) 💄 and Kristina Sherk @shark_pixel will take photos of our fun event! 📷 👇
Be sure to grab a ticket, grab a friend and enjoy some socializing with fellow moms! Can't wait to see you! 
Big thanks to Kendra Scott for hosting us and for all of the businesses involved! Be sure to show your event ticket on your phone to receive your 15% discount at the register! .

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Race for Every Child
Oct
20
8:30 AM08:30

Race for Every Child

Join us for this year’s Race for Every Child to raise money for integrative care services at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. The 5K Race will take place in downtown, Washington, DC. We hope you can join us to support a whole health approach to pediatric medical care, and show your engagement in our community.

To register, please type in “Eliana’s Light” into the team’s name box when you visit: https://giving.childrensnational.org/site/TRR/FundraisingTR/Race2018/1405133925?pg=tfind&fr_id=1200.

If you can’t attend but want to donate to this effort, you can donate to our team through our team captain, Whitney Ortiz, via this link: https://giving.childrensnational.org/site/Donation2?9717.donation=form1&idb=583101294&df_id=9717&FR_ID=1200&mfc_pref=T&PROXY_ID=1407496&PROXY_TYPE=20.

Please email us if you have any questions: info@elianaslight.org. Thank you!

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CTSI Science Cafe:From Policy to Psychology – How Immigration Actions and News Affect the Health and Mental Well-Being of Latino Families
Oct
17
6:00 PM18:00

CTSI Science Cafe:From Policy to Psychology – How Immigration Actions and News Affect the Health and Mental Well-Being of Latino Families

  • 625 Monroe Street Northeast Washington, DC, 20017 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join Eliana’s Light for a conversation with practitioners and members of our community on “From Policy to Psychology – How Immigration Actions and News Affect the Health and Mental Well-Being of Latino Families”. The Clinical & Translational Science Institute, of which Eliana’s Light is a member of its Community Advisory Board, is organizing this opportunity to exchange and learn.

The featured speakers are: Lanre O. Falusi, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Medical Director for Municipal and Regional Affairs at the Child Health Advocacy Institute of Children’s National Health System and Kathleen Roche, MSW, PhD, an Associate Professor at the George Washington University Milken School of Public Health with a focus on Latino families. Drs. Falusi and Roche will discuss the latest research on how immigration news and actions impact the health and well-being of Latina/o youth and families. A community member will join Drs. Falusi and Roche to discuss the importance of this research to the immigrant community. 

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Cooking with Caregivers and Kids
Sep
22
3:30 PM15:30

Cooking with Caregivers and Kids

Join us for a fun and interactive cooking class for caregivers and kids! You'll learn ways to engage your kids in developing healthy meals you'll all enjoy. Please help us create this learning event--Let us know which kinds of foods you'd like to use, what kinds of techniques you'd like to focus on, and what you'd like to take away from the event! You will walk away with a tasty treat you and other participants helped to make! The date and time are open to change, and we'll be in touch soon with a location. Please send your ideas to info@elianaslight.org.

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In Case of An Emergency: How Do You Keep Your Child Safe?
Jun
29
1:00 PM13:00

In Case of An Emergency: How Do You Keep Your Child Safe?

Lollipop Kids Foundation and Eliana's Light present: "In The Case of Emergency: How To Keep Your Child Safe". This practical learning event is for families with children who have complex medical conditions and children with disabilities. It will take place Friday, June 29th, from 1pm-4pm, at Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service Station 34 in Germantown, MD (20633 Boland Farm Rd, Germantown, MD 20876). 

Members of the Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service and Police Department will share practical tips on proactive measures you can take to ensure your child’s safety before and during an emergency. Topics we will discuss include: what to do if your child elopes, important information to tell 911 dispatchers in the case of an emergency, how to access and use a "File of Life", and more!

Children will have a chance to tour the station; see police cars, fire engines and trucks up close; and listen to a firefighter in full gear who will promote familiarity with and trust in them in the case of a fire emergency. Refreshments will be served.

Registration is required, as space is limited. To register, click here: https://bit.ly/2snPOX7. If you have any questions, please email info@elianaslight.org and cindy@lollipopkidsfoundation.org. 

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Financial, Legal, and Benefits Planning for DC Families
May
31
6:30 PM18:30

Financial, Legal, and Benefits Planning for DC Families

In collaboration with the Lollipop Kids Foundation, we are offering an opportunity for families in D.C. to learn how to establish the necessary foundation for their child's future financial success. Families will learn about:

  • The four pillars of special needs planning
  • Steps to start the planning process
  • Ways to fund special needs trusts
  • Information about ABLE accounts and more!

Presenters:

Chase Phillips, Merril Lynch Special Needs Financial Advisor

Mary Jo Broussard-Speier, Special Needs Attorney

Jon Laskin, State Farm Insurance Agent

When?

Thursday, May 31st

6:30-8:30pm

Where?

Chevy Chase Community Center

5601 Connecticut Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20015

RSVP: Email Cindy Vargas: cindy@lollipopkidsfoundation.org. Please sign up soon as space is limited!

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#WeCareForDads
May
19
to Jun 17

#WeCareForDads

Join us in showing #wecarefordads this Father's Day! We're collaborating with caring members of our community to develop gift bags for fathers who will be spending Father's Day in hospital to care for their child who has a complex medical condition. We welcome your partnership to give these dads a boost--whether through a hand-made item, a gift certificate, and/or toiletries that show his community cares about his health and well-being.

These dads go through a lot each day. They carry significant emotional, financial, mental, and physical stress as they try to do everything they can to help their family. Let's work together to help them.

We'll be delivering gift bags of donated items to fathers staying at Children's National Medical Center, The Children's Inn at NIH, Inova Children's Hospital, the Kennedy Krieger Institute, John's Hopkins Children's Center, and HSC's Pediatric Center. Your financial or in-kind donation can make a real positive impact on these dads in our community. Please email info@elianaslight.org if you're interested in collaborating with us to show how, together, #wecarefordads. Thank you!

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Ladies Night Out with Beautycounter, Norwex, and South Block at Fuel Body Lab
May
19
7:00 PM19:00

Ladies Night Out with Beautycounter, Norwex, and South Block at Fuel Body Lab

Join us for a fun night of pilates and learn about how to reduce your toxic exposure. We'll do the class and then talk over wine and healthy appetizers. All participants will receive a gift certificate for a cleanse drink from South Block to help wash away toxins. Register today by emailing info@elianaslight.org. Space is limited! 

Cost: Caregivers of children with complex medical conditions can attend for free. We welcome donations of at least $25 from others to support our efforts to help families with children who have complex medical conditions. You can send your donation to our Paypal site: https://www.paypal.me/ElianasLight.

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Family Yoga
May
19
1:30 PM13:30

Family Yoga

Join us for a special, fun-filled family-yoga class!

We will move through traditional poses with an imaginative flair, as well as partner and group poses to encourage connection and fun for the whole family, while improving strength, flexibility and mindfulness skills for children and adults alike.

Eliana's Light improves the quality of life of families with children who have complex medical conditions by focusing on their whole health and well-being. We are supporters of integrative care who empower families while reducing the stress, pain, fear, trauma, anxiety, and depression that many of these family members often experience. We connect families to resources, information, specialists and tools while we advocate for Integrative Medicine and integrative care services. Throughout our programming, we raise awareness on holistic ways to address physical, mental, and emotional health.

Cost: $30 for 2 family members. $10 per every additional family member. All proceeds will support Eliana’s Light.

Register: http://bit.ly/FamilyYogaFundraiser.

If you cannot attend but would like to donate, please visit  https://www.elianaslight.org/donate/. Thank you for your support!

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Galley Foods Give To Eliana's Light Week
May
13
to May 18

Galley Foods Give To Eliana's Light Week

Are you looking for a way to help a family you know? Buying a family a healthy, ready-to-eat meal is a great way to help a family that doesn’t have the time or resources to focus on cooking. If you know a family with a child in the hospital, recently home from the hospital, or often at doctors’ appointments, Galley’s meals make a great gift for them. Through Friday, May 18th, Galley will give to Eliana’s Light 20% of all proceeds on orders that include #wecareformoms in the delivery instructions. Galley delivers to homes, apt buildings, and hospitals in #dc , #maryland , and #virginia . No subscription or minimum order required. Check out their meal options—made fresh daily: www.galleyfoods.com. Don’t forget to include #wecareformoms in the delivery instructions!

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#WeCareForMoms 2nd Annual Initiative
May
12
to May 13

#WeCareForMoms 2nd Annual Initiative

Throughout the month of April until Mother's Day, Eliana's Light is organizing a community-based volunteer effort to give gifts of self-care items to moms of children with complex medical conditions who will be spending Mother's Day in the hospital caring for their child. We greatly appreciate all the volunteers, organizations and companies that have contributed!

Here are some examples: Allison Fitzsimmons Photography, Beautycounter, Core72, CorePower Yoga, Crunch Fitness, Daisy Lane Photography, DC Association for Special Education, Fit4Mom of Montgomery County, Galley Foods DC, Ivymount School, Kingsbury School, Massage Envy, LilOmm, OneLife Fitness, Sport & Health, Staff of Children's National Medical Center, Swirl, The Katherine Thomas School, Thomas Jefferson Middle School, U.S. Fitness, and Wellness By Shari.

There are many ways individuals, organizations and companies have be involved. They have, for example:

1. Organized a group of friends to make a craft or baked good at their house. Here's an example of a craft that some moms have shared they'd like.
2. Made an in-kind donation of supplies for others to make crafts or baked goods for moms who will be at local hospitals over Mother's Day. We added these items to our Amazon Wish List: small containers to hold aromatherapy stress relief putty, organic lavender buds, organza bags to make a lavender sachet, and ribbon. Please consider making Elianas Light Inc your preferred charity on Amazon Smile for making these and other purchases!
3. Donated a small self-care item from their business, or asked a local business they know to make a donation. We welcomed lotions, gift certificates, and other self-care items that would be appropriate for moms.
4. Gave a financial donation to enable us to purchase ingredients and supplies. 
5. Introduced us to a corporation that could provide hundreds of items you think moms would love.

We look forward to hearing from you, and hopefully collaborating with you! Please email your interest to info@elianaslight.org. We invite you to visit our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages to see photos from this initiative. Thank you for considering ways you can support moms of children with complex medical conditions on Mother's Day.

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Conversation With A Caregiver: Greg Scott, Gallery & Exhibition Coordinator at Children's National Medical Center
Apr
27
to Apr 28

Conversation With A Caregiver: Greg Scott, Gallery & Exhibition Coordinator at Children's National Medical Center

We’re excited to shine the spotlight on Greg Scott, Gallery & Exhibition Coordinator at Children’s National Medical Center. He thoughtfully selects art work from local artists to create a healing environment within the halls of the hospital. Listen to how he selects the art, and learn how you can create a healing environment for your children at home and/or when they’re in the hospital. Thank you, Greg, for the positive difference you make every day for hundreds of people.

https://youtu.be/P__eHsjvvDM

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Celebrate Life, Health, and Wellness with Pleasance Silicki and Orangetheory Fitness
Apr
21
2:00 PM14:00

Celebrate Life, Health, and Wellness with Pleasance Silicki and Orangetheory Fitness

 

On April 21st, we're going to help Pleasance Silicki, a local wellness expert, ring in her 40s while we engage in a high-energy workout to boost our health and wellness. If you're in the area, please join us and check out this great DC #companythatcares. All proceeds will go to Eliana's Light! For more information, please visit: http://mailchi.mp/b9896334f104/celebratinglifehealthwellnessatorangetheoryfitness

 

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Spring In The Valley
Apr
15
11:00 AM11:00

Spring In The Valley

Eliana's Light is thrilled to be organizing a stress relief table as part of this year's Spring in the Valley! The Spring Valley Neighborhood Association, Spring Valley Pediatrics, and Stork Childbirth are organizing this family-friendly community event. It will take place at 4900 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20018. 

There will be local vendors and businesses, food trucks, bounce houses, arts and crafts, and more! We look forward to seeing you there!

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Spring in the Valley
Mar
23
10:00 PM22:00

Spring in the Valley

  • 4900 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20016 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join Eliana's Light and many other local organizations and businesses at this wonderful event that the Spring Valley Neighborhood Association, Spring Valley Pediatrics, and Stork Childbirth Education are organizing. There will be child seat safety checks, a bouncy house, crafts, food vendors, face painting, and more! Eliana's Light will be running a table on stress relief for families!

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Integrative Care Services Panel
Mar
22
2:00 PM14:00

Integrative Care Services Panel

  • Children's National Medical Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Children's National Medical Center is organizing an Integrative Care Services Panel as part of Patient Experience Week. All are welcome to attend in person or via webinar. The following presenters will highlight the importance of integrative care services as part of the medical care and attention a patient and his/her family receives:

Ms. Martha Para, VP, Clinical Support Services, Children's National Medical Center; moderator

Mr. Gregory Scott, Gallery & Exhibit Coordinator, Children's National Medical Center 

Dr. Laila Mahmood, Palliative Care, Hematology & Oncology; Children's National Medical Center

Ms. Marian McEvilly, RN, CPN, Certified Coding Associate (CCA), Anesthesia, Children’s National Medical Center; Level V Healing Touch Practitioner, Certified Aromatherapist, Certified Horse Therapist, Reiki Master

Whitney Ortiz, Founder and President of Eliana's Light

Ms. Victoria Paytonwebber, Sound Therapist, Children's National Medical Center

Location: Auditorium, Children's National Medical Center

Webinar information: 

1. Go to: https://cnmc.webex.com/cnmc/j.php?MTID=mab9c6354de4be6fa4343aae74cb4ce02 -or- https://cnmc.webex.com and enter meeting number 734 086 014

2. Enter your name and email address and click "JOIN”.
3. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.
4. When you enter the meeting page, WebEx will prompt you to set up your audio conference

***PLEASE LOG INTO THE MEETING BEFORE FOLLOWING THE DIAL-IN INSTRUCTIONS ON YOUR SCREEN***

Audio Option #1(Preferred): Select the "Call Using Computer" option and follow the instructions provided.

Audio Option #2: Manually dial into the meeting, select the “I will call in” option and follow the instructions listed, making sure to enter in the Conference Code AND your personalized attendee number (the system will not ask for it, but please enter it after entering the conference code).

Audio Option #3: Select “Call Me” and enter your phone number to have WebEx/Intercall call you to join audio.

***IF USING THE PREFERRED COMPUTER AUDIO OPTION, PLEASE DO NOT DIAL IN ON YOUR PHONE***

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1. Call conference number
Meeting Dial in Number: US Toll Free 1-888-680-0812
Show global numbers: https://www.tcconline.com/listNumbersByCode.action?confCode=4608348
2. Enter the conference code: 460 834 8

 Your audio will automatically mute upon entry.

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CTSI Science Cafe: Engaging Youth to Develop Video Games that Increase Healthy Behaviors and Reduce Health Disparities
Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

CTSI Science Cafe: Engaging Youth to Develop Video Games that Increase Healthy Behaviors and Reduce Health Disparities

Please join the Clinical Translational Science Institute-Children’s National (CTSI-CN) for Science Café 360, Screen Time: Engaging Youth to Develop Video Games that Increase Healthy Behaviors and Reduce Health Disparities, on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 6pm – 8pm at Busboys and Poets (Brookland Location). This learning event is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, please visit: https://sciencecafe360_mar2018.eventbrite.com.

Eliana's Light is pleased to serve on the Community Advisory Board (CAB) for CTSI-CN.

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Valentine's Day Cards for Kids & Cookies for Caregivers
Jan
13
to Feb 14

Valentine's Day Cards for Kids & Cookies for Caregivers

You're invited to participate in the 3rd annual Valentine's Day Cards for Kids & Cookies for Caregivers initiative!

Kids and their caregivers make cards and cookies for kids and caregivers who have to be in the hospital over Valentine's Day. We want the recipients to know that others are thinking of them and sending them best wishes. The cards include uplifting messages for the kids, and the cookies are from healthy-ish recipes that give caregivers a tasty treat while communicating the importance of nutrition in self care.

Kids and caregivers can participate from anywhere in the U.S.! We are so grateful to the 7 schools (in 5 states), 3 groups of friends, 1 Girl Scout Troop, and 1 kids yoga and mindfulness class that have already committed to participate this year. Here are some ways you can become involved:

1. Organize a group of friends for a Valentine's Day card and cookie making party at your house. Email us to coordinate: info@elianaslight.org.

2. Share your favorite nut-free, low cost, and easy-to-make recipe of a healthy cookie that you think a caregiver would enjoy. Please email it to: info@elianaslight.org.

3. Ask your child's teacher if their class would be interested in doing this activity to support kids at Children's National Medical Center. Please email your interest to: info@elianaslight.org.

4. Donate any supplies you may have for making cards. We welcome red, white, and pink construction paper; glue sticks; stickers; and kid scissors. No glitter please :) Please email your interest to: info@elianaslight.org.

5. Provide your feedback on the following messages kids can include in the cards they make: "You are loved"; "You are surrounded by love"; "I believe in you"; "You are strong and brave"; "I wish you the very best"; "You rock"; "I am thinking of you and sending you love"; "You inspire me"; "You are awesome"; "I hope you have a great day today"; "Be brave"; "Always remember how awesome you are". Hospital staff have already approved these messages, and we seek additional feedback from parents of children who have complex medical conditions. What messages resonate most with you? Please let us know. We want to give guidance to the kids so the cards are appropriate and we hope they are well-received. It has been so special to see how many kids want to help other kids.

We look forward to hearing from you, and hopefully collaborating with you! We'll coordinate on getting supplies to you (if necessary) and picking up/receiving the cards and/or cookies from you. 

Thank you for your interest!

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Post Event Summary: We are so grateful to the 1,100 volunteers from 6 states who made 2,415 cards for kids and 504 cookies for caregivers who had to be in one of the following medical centers on Valentine's Day: Children’s National Medical CenterThe HSC Pediatric Center, The Children’s Inn at NIH, Inova Children’s HospitalJohn’s Hopkins Children's Center, and the Kennedy Krieger Institute . Each in-patient at these medical facilities received a card and hundreds of caregivers received a cookie boost! 

A very special thank you to:
Beltway Bambinos, Building Blocks Therapy, Lemon Tree Playgroup, the Nanny Network, Stork Childbirth Education, Inc., Bloom Ob/Gyn, Spring Valley Pediatrics, Murch Elementary School, CCBC preschool, OmShantiRhi, The River School, SEVA Service LTD, Mason Rice Elementary School, Spring Hill Elementary, Elementary School in Darien, the Builders Club at Glenbrook Middle School, Mason Crest Elementary School, Grace Episcopal School, Overlook Spanish Immersion Elementary School, The Kindness Club at the O'Neale School, Thomas Jefferson Middle School,  Bonnackburn nursery school, Springbrook High School, The Kingsbury Center, Girl Scout Troops 81637 and 54, Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Sorority, Frederick, MD's Daisy Troop, and 16 different groups of friends.

Parents, teachers, and yoga instructors talked with their children and students about empathy, kindness, and compassion; therapists made cards with children in their sessions; Girl and Daisy Scouts did card-making in their meetings; and local businesses had card-making in their reception areas. These are some of the many examples of how community members came together to express their best wishes for children with complex medical conditions and their family members. 

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CTSI Science Cafe: Coordination, Strength, and Flexibility, They're Not Just for PE: Using Data to Build Strong Partnerships Between Schools and Health Systems
Dec
5
9:00 PM21:00

CTSI Science Cafe: Coordination, Strength, and Flexibility, They're Not Just for PE: Using Data to Build Strong Partnerships Between Schools and Health Systems

Please join the Clinical Translational Science Institute-Children’s National (CTSI-CN) for Science Café 360, Coordination, Strength, and Flexibility, They’re Not Just for PE: Using Data to Build Strong Partnerships Between Schools and Health Systems, on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 from 6pm – 8pm at Busboys and Poets (Brookland Location).

The featured speakers are: Dr. Olga Acosta Price, Director of the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools, Associate Professor at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University and an expert in the development, evaluation and sustainability of school health programs; Dr. Michael Long, Assistant Professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health in the Milken School of Public Health at the George Washington University and an expert in obesity prevention; Marisa Parella, School Based Mental Health Program Manager at Mary’s Center and an expert in community, school and health system partnerships to enhance mental health care for children and families; and Dr. Chioma Oruh, a member of the Chancellor’s Parent Cabinet for DC Public Schools and the DCPS Early Childhood Education Policy Council . Dr. Acosta Price will discuss her research in care coordination and optimal partnerships between schools and health systems to improve physical and mental health for students and promote academic success. Dr. Long will share his research on preventing childhood obesity through improvements to the food and physical activity environments for children in schools. Ms. Parella will offer her experiences as a community provider and the importance of designing programs that respond to the community needs. Dr. Oruh will share her experiences as a parent navigating the health and education systems to advocate for her children.  The evening will be moderated by Tonya Vidal Kinlow, Vice President for Community Engagement, Advocacy and Government Affairs and leader of the Child Health Advocacy Institute at Children's National. Ms. Kinlow is an advocate for health-education partnerships and has served on the DC Board of Education and as the first Ombudsman for DC Public Schools.

Registration info is here:

https://sciencecafe360_dec2017.eventbrite.com

Eliana's Light is pleased to serve on CTSI-CN's Community Advisory Committee.

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"Conversation With A Caregiver: Meet Christina Spencer, Mom Of A Child With A Complex Medical Condition"
Dec
3
to Dec 4

"Conversation With A Caregiver: Meet Christina Spencer, Mom Of A Child With A Complex Medical Condition"

Christina kindly offered to share reflections on being a caregiver to her beautiful children, one of whom has a complex medical condition. Her 8 -month old son has been in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) since birth. Christina, along with Eliana's Light, hopes her story helps show the tremendous need these families have for a holistic approach to care that takes into account the body, mind, and spirit. Together, we hope to bring more support to families with children who have complex medical conditions. Eliana's Light recognizes and raises awareness on the needs these families have, and does everything possible to bring them support in collaboration with a constellation of caregivers in our community. 

Video: https://youtu.be/F2h6OTJySEs. 

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Science Cafe: From Placenta to Preschool: The Developing Brain and What Communities Can Do To Support It
Nov
1
9:00 PM21:00

Science Cafe: From Placenta to Preschool: The Developing Brain and What Communities Can Do To Support It

As a member of the Community Advisory Board for the Clinical & Translational Science Institute, Eliana's Light was pleased to promote and attend this Science Cafe. Local researchers and members of the public from the Washington, DC area convened to discuss this topic. To view a blog and the PowerPoint presentations from it, please visit: https://blogs.gwu.edu/chipr/2017/11/20/from-placenta-to-preschool-the-developing-brain-and-what-communities-can-do-to-support-it/. To listen to the podcast, please visit: http://gwocpi.libsyn.com/from-placenta-to-preschool-the-developing-brain-and-what-communities-can-do-to-support-it. 

The Science Cafe is a casual forum for community members, medical researchers, and social scientists - anyone who is interested in health or medicine to street scholars. Each Café features a different health topic and a clinical researcher who will demystify what they do, how they do it, and why they think their work may help residents. Community members are encouraged to probe, debate, and share ideas that come from their own experiences in collaboration with medical researchers, social scientists, and community leaders who are thinking big about transforming health in Washington, DC. 

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Race for Every Child
Oct
21
10:00 AM10:00

Race for Every Child

We were thrilled to participate again this year in -- and on the planning committee for -- the Race for Every Child. Team Eliana's Light is supporting the development of an Integrative Care Services division at Children's National Medical Center. We are tremendously grateful to the team of doctors, nurses, therapists, Child Life Specialists, social workers, and others who have been collaborating with us to expand and improve the integrative care services available to patients and their caregivers at the hospital. These types of services meant so much to our daughter, Eliana -- as well as our whole family -- when Eliana was hospitalized for the majority of her 3 1/2 years. Please join us in supporting means that reduce the stress, trauma, fear, pain, anxiety, and depression that many children with complex medical conditions and their caregivers often experience.

To donate to this effort, please visit: https://childrensnational.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donate.team&teamID=7254. 100% of your donation is tax-deductible and supports integrative care services at Children's National.

To view our team's pictures from the Race, please visit the album on our Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/elianaslight.

Please email info@elianaslight.org if you have any questions!

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