Dear Friends of Newborn Hope,
It’s hard to believe Newborn Hope is approaching the 50-year mark of serving Colorado families impacted by prematurity. For nearly five decades our mission has remained the same: to give Colorado premature babies a healthier start. Our vision and work began in 1973 when Newborn Hope Founder Zoya Dickins Miller came alongside a friend who delivered prematurely. She immediately began her work as a tremendous advocate and fundraiser for the cause. Still today, our signature annual fundraiser is November Noel, the event that started it all back in 1973. Since then, Newborn Hope has provided more than $5 million in community grants, and volunteers have dedicated more than 1 million hours to fulfill our mission.
Our mission and work remains relevant as we offer programs that help families directly while they are in the NICU and transitioning home. We launched the Preemie Family Assistance Fund in June 2020 to support families with emergency living expenses, transportation costs, and medical equipment and therapies. Since 2020, Newborn Hope has served more than 100 families, providing more than $75,000 in services and equipment. Together we are making a real difference, and we can’t thank you enough for your support.
Newborn Hope has partnered with the NICU Consortium Partnership, an invaluable education program for our preemie community. With a diverse interdisciplinary membership of medical and health professionals, families who have experienced the NICU, and community leaders, the NICU Consortium hosts quarterly webinars to share information critical to our community. Content often focuses on care and feeding issues for premature newborns, respite care following a NICU hospitalization, and telehealth. These consortium opportunities are available to our entire community- join us sometime!
Newborn Hopes’ work also includes programs that we have delivered for decades, such as the Community Grants we provide to statewide organizations whose missions align with ours. We continue to educate and engage our community about safe-pregnancy, and we will always advocate to improve the outcomes for premature babies.
We cannot forget how critical our fight for support is. An average of 158 babies are born preterm in Colorado each week, and prematurity is still the leading cause of death and lifelong disabilities in newborns in our state. Because of you, we continue to be able to care for the babies and families behind these statistics.
We are beyond grateful for you and to our community for our collective commitment to improve outcomes for our tiniest babies.
YOU ARE HOPE. WE ARE HOPE.
Allison Bradac, Executive Director
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