Health—General & Rehabilitative

Heal the Children-Orgeon and Western Washington Center

  • Mukilteo, WA
  • www.htcorwwa.org

Mission Statement

MISSION
Healing the Children Oregon and Western Washington Chapter mission is to help underserved children access the health care they need and deserve.

We accomplish our mission through the passion and dedication of volunteers who facilitate our work. Healing the Children (HTC) is one of the oldest and largest non-governmental, humanitarian volunteer driven charities in the nation.

HTC partners with American healthcare providers to help underserved children around the world secure urgently needed medical care otherwise unobtainable. We are one of 14 chapters across the US supported by a national office.

PHILOSOPHY
Healing the Children envisions a world where every child has access to medical care. The challenges have never been greater: the ever changing healthcare system in the United States, the shortage of available funds to non-profit organizations, and the ever increasing needs of children here and around the world.

HTC provides medical care and treatment without regard to sex, handicapping conditions, religious belief, national origin, political views, or cultural differences. Our goal is to be a powerful instrument of healing and to change the world for children and families.

Main Programs

  1. Medical Teams Abroad
  2. International Inbound
  3. Around the Corner
Service Areas

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International

Healing the Children provides donated medical care for underserved children around the world and in Oregon and Western Washington. We currently work in the countries of Guatemala, Honduras, Haiti, and Nepal. Over the past 29 years, we have assisted children from 30 different countries to access the health care they need and deserve.

Our chapter provides services and works with service providers in Oregon and throughout Western Washington.

ruling year

1992

Executive Director since 2010

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Mrs. Ann Anderst

Office Manager since 2010

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Mrs. Joan Packard

Keywords

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children, medical services, healthcare, pediatrics

Notes from the Nonprofit

For more than 28 years, Healing the Children has brought the gift of healing to underserved children around the world through access to donated medical care. The lives of 20,165 children from all corners of the globe have been changed thanks to the volunteers, medical partners, host families, donors, and funders who gave their heart, hand, and support to heal a child in need.

PASSION
In 2013, our passionate volunteers provided medical care for 607 children from five countries around the world. Our volunteers helped children be able to hear, to touch, and to walk; basic abilities we might take for granted here in the US. We provided hope for the future for children whose medical conditions, if left untreated, might have claimed their lives or at the very least compromised any chance for a future of independence. We trained health care providers in three countries in medical techniques for sustainability of care.

PROMISE
The promise of our work is demonstrated through our global reach and impact. In addition to the 607 children we served, we provided access to health care for 70 family members; conducted a community needs assessment for 120 people; and organized a global heath networking and educational event in Snohomish County. Our work would not be possible without the donations from volunteers, medical facilities, companies, and donors who collectively contribued $2,436,550 in donated goods, products, and services.

PRINCIPLES
Healing the Children is working diligently to oversee strong programs, polices, and finances which are the principles of a well rounded organization. We are extremely proud to have met all 20 standards for charity accountibility through the Better Business Bureau of AK, OR & WWA and to have ended the fiscal year with a nearly balanced budget.

The qualities of passion, promise, and principles guide our work, our mission, and our vision. Through the power of so many partners we are strengthening our organization to be able to plan for the future. Thank you all for your role in changing the world for children…one child at a time.


Ann
Ann Anderst, Executive Director

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Also Known As

Healing the Children Oregon and Western Washington Chapter

EIN

91-1370218

 Number

7269141748

Physical Address

82277 44th Avenue W Suite M

Mukilteo, WA 98275

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Health Treatment Facilities (Primarily Outpatient) (E30)

Pediatrics (G98)

International Relief (Q33)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Healing the Children Oregon and Western Washington is led by the passion and dedication of volunteers who provide the highest standards of medical care, training, education, services, and resources for underserved children of the world. With only 1 full time and 2 part time paid employees, HTC is a very lean organization. Thanks to the support of more than 100 volunteers annually, 73% of every dollar raised goes directly to support our program and mission of healing children. The balance 27% pays for staff, operations, and fundraising costs. In 2013, 110 volunteer contributed 14,546 in donated time and $1,990,945 in donated medical supplies and equipment. was secured to support our work.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Medical Teams Abroad

MEDICAL TEAMS ABROAD

Medical Teams reach out to meet the needs of children around the world. We currently work in Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, and Nepal.

Teams of volunteer medical professionals and field support personnel provide free health screening and on-site surgery to children who cannot access the medical care they need.

Our Medical Teams help heal children by providing them with access to donated health care and resources in general medical care; surgical care; and global health education. HTC volunteer medical professionals work alongside in-country health care personnel to offer training in best practices to increase their skills and techniques.

Our areas of specialty include Audiology; Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery; Podiatry; Orthopedics; Hand and Burn Care; Family Medicine; Preventive Care; and other Specialized Medical Needs. We partner with health care professionals in the country to provide a continuum of care.

Category

International Health Care Assistance

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

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Program 2

International Inbound

Children from around the world are referred to Healing the Children when it is determined that their serious medical conditions cannot be treated in their home countries.

Healing the Children collaborates with international partners, hospitals, doctors, and volunteer host families to bring these children to the US for donated care.

Since most of our children are among the poorest of the poor, we must raise the funds necessary to transport them to the US and provide all medical expenses. Volunteer escorts accompany the children on these flights far from home.

During their stay in the US, our Host Families provide a home, love, and security for the children as they go through their medical procedures which are often frightening and can include hospitalization and surgery.


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Program 3

Around the Corner

HTC actively looks for ways to partner locally to help underserved children access the health care they need and deserve.

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our goal is to provide underserved children of the world with access to the health care they need and deserve. In many of the countries where we work, children live hours from the nearest medical clinic or hospital and the families cannot afford medical care. Often times, poverty is the biggest barrier to access. By providing communities with free medical clinics, hearing aids, surgeries, and training, we can help children to do better in life and to have the ability to thrive. Good health is key to learning and growing which can help the entire family to have a better life.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Our strategy is to provide children and the families with access to health care. We accomplish this in partnership with our host country partners who identify the children prior to our trips so that our teams can be most effective. We also have helped two communities to build medical clinics (Guatemala and Haiti) to help provide sustainable health care in these rural areas. Our usually visit a community once or twice a year to provide an on-going service provision, while training local health care professionals in best practices and new medical techniques. For example, our 11 year audiology program in Guatemala has trained 11 Guatemalans as audiology techs who provide the children with follow up exams every three months to ensure their hearing aids are working properly.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Our volunteers are very talented and skilled medical and health care professionals. We are proud to host volunteers from Group Health and Everett Clinic along with many independent health care professionals. HTC ORWWA is part of a national organization which is now celebrating 35 years of healing. Along with the 13 other chapters nationally, HTC has provided access to donated medical care for nearly 250,000 impoverished children of the world since 1979.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We collect data from all our medical trips abroad through detailed patient and registration information. Progress is determined on several levels, service provision, education and training, and sustainability of care.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We are looking for new medical teams abroad leaders or partnerships in the years ahead. Many of our programs have continued sustainability, but as one of our doctors says "I want to work myself out of a job" with regard to providing medical care in some areas. We have completed two medical clinics and now these communities are thriving and the need to send medical teams has changed to a new for providing education and training. This is good news. In Guatemala, more children are coming to audiology clinics at younger ages (before entering school). This is due to our partnership with several organizations which provide early identification of these children. Our International Inbound program brings in fewer children these days, maybe 5 a year compared to 50 - 20 years ago. But this is good news "progress" as more medical services are now provided in the country which is better for both the child and their family.

    There is much work to be done and by no means in the need gone away. Rather, we see changes for the better with more services being provided in the county, and earlier identification of medical issues. This can help a child to have a head start in life much sooner and ultimately will enable the child to do better in school and have a great opportunity for a better life.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Healing the Children provides donated medical care for underserved children around the world and in Oregon and Western Washington. We currently work in the countries of Guatemala, Honduras, Haiti, and Nepal. Over the past 29 years, we have assisted children from 30 different countries to access the health care they need and deserve.

Our chapter provides services and works with service providers in Oregon and throughout Western Washington.

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Financials

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HEALING THE CHILDREN
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Heal the Children-Orgeon and Western Washington Center

Leadership

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Executive Director

Mrs. Ann Anderst

Office Manager

Mrs. Joan Packard

BIO

Anderst has been the director of Healing the Children since 2010 and has more than 22 years of organizational, management and fundraising experience with non-profit organizations, including the American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters and YMCA of Snohomish County. She is a former Peace Corps Volunteer serving in West Africa and Regional Peace Corps Recruiter for a four state region. Anderst has a wealth of knowledge about the issues confronting children in developing countries and their lack of access to health care.

Anderst is the two-time president of the Rotary Club of Everett-Port Gardner, graduate of Leadership Snohomish County, and has served on numerous boards throughout the Pacific Northwest. Anderst has made four trips to Guatemala including leading a District 5050 team of Rotarians to the dedication of the La Curvina Clinic in Monterrico in October 2011. She went to Haiti in early 2013 to assist with the assessment of a community health care project and conduct a Rotary International community health needs assessment survey. In May 2014, Anderst returned to Haiti with a Rotary and HTC sponsored team to implement the Haiti Emergency Preparedness Project. The HEPP team trained 75 teens in first aid, disaster preparedness, and emergency response skills so they in turn will train their community members and establish three emergency response centers.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Barbara Knowles

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
Our organization is extremely small with only 1 full time and 2 part time employees. We do seek diversity in regional demographics, skills, experience, and expertise. We have a non-discrimination policy in place to provide inclusion for people of all backgrounds to be involved in supporting our work.