Nurses House is the only national organization dedicated to helping nurses in need as a result of illness, injury, disability, or other dire circumstances. To be honest, I kind of wish I’d been the one to think of this…
Nurses House is a non-profit, nurse-managed organization, ran by a volunteer board of directors. A little history: there was an ACTUAL house in Long Island, NY back in 1922 where sick or exhausted nurses could go for a little R&R. The home was later sold in 1959 and the money was put into a fund that could help nurses in a more practical way- with short-term financial assistance. Nurses can apply for assistance with things like rent or mortgage payments, food, car payments, or health insurance. The organization also help applicants identify other potential resources for assistance.
They’ve been able to help thousands of nurses from all 50 states and, in the past 3 years, they’ve helped nearly 300 nurses with grants totaling almost $300,000! You can read some of their inspiring stories here. However, even with these funds, they are only able to help about half of those who apply for their help. Basically, the demand surpasses the supply and there are nurses out there who could use the help.
They are holding an online fundraising campaign through the month of October and are teaming up with Dansko to make it awesome! Besides supporting your peers, every person who donates $10 to the cause is entered to win 1 of 7 pairs of shoes donated by Dansko. And speaking of the government, all donations are tax deductible. You can give anonymously, as a gift to somebody, or in memory of someone.
If you feel so inclined, you can make your donation under my teampage! If I’m able to raise $100, that puts me into a separate drawing for 3 pairs of shoes…shoes that I could pass onto my readers. 😉
And as an extra perk, anyone who submits a donation in my teampage will be entered to win a nursing care package from me! (You’ll like it, promise.) Just leave a comment on this post saying you did it.
Why I’m giving: I was lucky enough to find my passion right out of high school. And on the first try too! Most people have to change majors a few times before they figure it out, but nursing just clicked and it’s been a perfect fit for me. I want to support my fellow nurses so they can make it through the hard times and get back to doing what they love.
And if you know a nurse who could use some help, tell them about this organization! They are doing something incredible here.