Periwinkle Foundation

2015 ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program Internship

We are thrilled to be a recipient of the ExxonMobil Summer Jobs Program grant for a paid summer 2015 internship!

We are now accepting applications for this exciting internship June 15 – August 8, 2015.

The Periwinkle Foundation-Volunteer Coordination, Summer programs Coordinator, The Periwinkle Foundation’s Summer Programs Coordinator will recruit, schedule, train and recognize over 150 volunteers and donors for Camp Periwinkle’s Special Summer Programs. The intern will work with the Program Director and Community and Program Coordinator to develop a formal “Day Volunteer” information packet and manual which will be utilized in the training process of volunteers for the special programs that take place at camp. He or she will also collaborate with the Development Director and Coordinator to organize and implement Visitors Day. The intern will be asked to attend three of these programs, two of which will take place at Camp For All.

To view the full job description and eligibility checklist, ExxonMobil Summer Programs Coordinator 2015 Job Description and Eligibility Form . Resumes, cover letters and completed eligibility forms can be submitted to Erin Overhouse at eoverhouse@periwinklefoundation.org.

For more information, please contact Erin Overhouse at eoverhouse@periwinklefoundation.org

All candidates MUST be current full-time, undergraduate students at a major college or university who will be returning Fall 2015 as a full-time undergraduate student.

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2015 Shell Nonprofit Internship program

We are thrilled to be a recipient of the Shell Nonprofit Internship grant for a paid summer 2015 internship!

We are now accepting applications for this exciting internship June 1 – July 24, 2015.

The Periwinkle Foundation: Family Development Coordinator (Program Coordination/Management) Mission: The Periwinkle Foundation’s Family Development Coordinator will plan and execute an event during the month of July for camper families to gain invaluable information about the Periwinkle Foundation and the Camp Periwinkle experience. Our intern will be responsible for identifying the venue, developing an informative program, agenda, and timeline for the event, recruiting families, coordinating volunteers and guest speakers and working with the Camp Periwinkle Committee to update and print a “New Camper Welcome Brochure.” Our intern will also be responsible for planning fun, camp-like activities for the children to participate in during the parent information session.

To view the full job description and eligibility checklist, Shell Nonprofit Internship Program, Family Development Coordinator. Resumes, cover letters and completed eligibility forms can be submitted to Erin Overhouse at eoverhouse@periwinklefoundation.org.

For more information, please contact Erin Overhouse at eoverhouse@periwinklefoundation.org

All candidates MUST be current full-time, undergraduate students at a major college or university who will be returning Fall 2015 as a full-time undergraduate student.

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Make it a Splendid Week – “Love and What It Means To Me”

 

Love and What It Means To Me

Love is something that’s made not destroyed.

Hearts Studio by Kate Impelman

Hearts Studio by Kate Impelman

Loveshould never hurt – just make you feel warm and good inside

Love is like seeing two people getting married and having their first child.

Love is like two hearts combined together to build a four-story house.

Love is like walking through the park and seeing someone’s grandparents holding hands.

Love to me is like seeing a tape of you and your high school sweetheart getting married when you were about to turn fifty.

by Rolita, age 17, 2008

 

“Make It A Splendid Week” is a weekly post featuring a poem from one of our talented young authors in The Splendid Review.  Learn more about The Splendid Review and The Periwinkle Foundation’s Arts & Creative Writing Program or like The Splendid Review on Facebook

To request a printed copy of The Splendid Review email Erin Overhouse at eoverhouse@periwinklefoundation.org

Make it a Splendid Week – “My New Year’s Wishes”

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My New Year’s Wishes

 

I wish everyone had places to work.

I wish it would snow in Houston so I could build a snowman.

I wish I could go to the zoo.

I wish I could color all day.

I wish love for my family.

by Alice, age 7, 2012

 

“Make It A Splendid Week” is a weekly post featuring a poem from one of our talented young authors in The Splendid Review.  Learn more about The Splendid Review and The Periwinkle Foundation’s Arts & Creative Writing Program or like The Splendid Review on Facebook

To request a printed copy of The Splendid Review email Erin Overhouse at eoverhouse@periwinklefoundation.org

Executive Director, Doug Suggitt, Reflects on 2014

The Power of You

Thank you for making a tremendous impact in the lives of children living with cancer.  Thanks to you, we have enhanced the lives of more children, teens, families, and long-term survivors challenged by cancer and other life-threatening illnesses than ever before.  You have truly made Periwinkle a more dynamic organization, providing the very best in camps and programs to those we serve.

Looking back at 2014, we recognize the powerful impact you have made in so many lives.

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  • Thanks to you - a second fall Family Camp was implemented to provide much needed support to families challenged by a new cancer diagnosis.
  • Thanks to you - new programs were provided to children in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit.
  • Thanks to you - The Periwinkle Foundation is funding an additional $500,000 over the next five years to ensure all children diagnosed with cancer have the opportunity to participate in Arts In Medicine Program at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers.
  • Thanks to you - there can be a positive experience for a child with a new cancer diagnosis.

Looking ahead to 2015, I hope you will continue your support and ensure that even more pediatric cancer patients and their families receive the unique and life-enhancing experience of Periwinkle camps and programs. Thank you again for making a positive impact in the lives of children living with cancer.

 

Doug Suggitt

The Periwinkle Foundation

Executive Director

Make It A Splendid Week – “Inside My Imagination”

Inside My Imagination

"My Imagination" by Callie Beth Fuselier

“My Imagination” by Callie Beth Fuselier

I’m a snake lover,

dog lover,

cat lover,

daughter,

cousin,

3rd grader,

gymnast,

swimmer,

Girl Scout,

nonfiction person,

hiker,

camper,

singer,

artist,

poet,

reader,

leader.

I’m brave,

funny, lazy.

I dream about

traveling to

Virginia,

eating a big

bag of mini

Wheats,

winning a

million dollars,

helping kids

with cancer.

 

by Erin, age 9

 

“Make It A Splendid Week” is a weekly post featuring a poem from one of our talented young authors in The Splendid Review.  Learn more about The Splendid Review and The Periwinkle Foundation’s Arts & Creative Writing Program or like The Splendid Review on Facebook

To request a printed copy of The Splendid Review email Erin Overhouse at eoverhouse@periwinklefoundation.org

Kickball Classic

Under sunny skies, 36 teams competed at the Kickball Classic on November 8th and raised over $34,000 for The Periwinkle Foundation. Congratulations to the Kickball Champions and fundraising winners!

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 1st Place, The Lamar Squad (Lamar High School)

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2nd Place, Kicks R 4 Kids, (Texas Children’s Hospital Radiology) 

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         3rd Place, Kickin Ballers (Vision Source/Bellaire High School)

And congratulations to our top fundraising team, Mogas Balls to the Wall, which raised $2,455 and will receive a Star Pizza party as the team fundraising champ!

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Top Fundraising Team, Mogas Balls to the Wall

Click Here to view more photos from Kickball Classic!

Long Term Survivor Retreat

Thirty three Long Term Survivors enjoyed a weekend together at the Long Term Survivor Retreat this past October. Now in its 6th year, the Long Term Survivor Retreat has become a much anticipated weekend getaway. Not only is a chance to see old friends, but the retreat gives everyone an opportunity to discuss their mutual struggles, hardships, and unresolved feelings of being a survivor. Margarita Longoria and Dr. Matt Paradise played a key role in planning the retreat. After arriving at camp, all the survivors headed to the lakeside campfire for energizers and s’mores. lts makovers

With the beautiful weather on Saturday, the survivors were looking forward to the all the fun activities planned for the day. Morning activities consisted of horseback riding, arts & crafts, paintball and canoes.  As always, horseback riding is a favorite. After lunch, everyone went to the cooking cabin, but not to eat. This year, we wanted to do something a little different so we prepare and cooked our own dinner. Each person, had a helping hand in the meal.

Once dinner was prepped, the survivors headed to their next activities, Star Place Ropes and Spa with Sephora. Sephora hosted spa activities for all the survivors, even the guys. Although they weren’t too sure about the spa, the men were introduced to facials. They loved it! The girls were shown different techniques in applying makeup. Sephora donated their time and all the supplies. Each survivor took home a goody bag. Thank you to Sephora for all your support. After all the pampering, the afternoon concluded with yoga and a discussion session with Dr. Matt Paradise. 

Under the supervision of Deborah Parrott and Jalane Theis, the survivors that prepared the dinner also put on the finishing touches. Thank you Deborah and Jalane for yummy meal! The survivors enjoyed the rest of the night singing karaoke and playing games. It was an amazing weekend for all who attended.

To view photos from the 2014 Long Term Survivor Retreat, Click Here.

Fall Family Camp

family campThis year, The Periwinkle Foundation was able to introduce a second Family Camp to serve families who are currently battling cancer. Seven families attended Family Camp this September were given the opportunity to forget about the stresses of hospital visits and be a normal family for one weekend. Thanks to NCL West Houston, everyone received a welcome basket filled with goodies. The weekend began with each family designing a family crest. All the family crests were displayed during weekend for everyone to enjoy. Of course, the first night of Family Camp wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t have an arts & crafts project and s’mores! Friday night’s family activity was tie-dyeing t-shirts. The kids danced to energizers around the campfire while enjoying their s’mores.

Saturday morning started the same way that all the camps start, ENERGIZERS! Parents downed coffee in the morning to get them going while the kids energized. Arts & crafts and the ropes course were the first two morning activities. For many families, this was the first time any of them had been on a ropes course. Everyone who wanted to, climbed up the rock wall and came down on the zip line. The zip line was a highlight for many families. After lunch, moms, dads, and kids split into three groups. The moms continued with arts & crafts, the dads showed off their skills at paintball and the advance archery range, while the kids went canoeing. This was a chance for the moms to bond with the moms, the dads to bond with the dads, and the kids just be kids. The afternoon wrapped up with horses, nature, and bikes. Horseback riding is always a favorite and can be therapeutic for a child on treatment.

After dinner, we hosted Family Game Night, which consisted of Minute to Win It challenges with kids challenging other kids. After the kids completed the challenge, parents had to complete the same challenge. Each family could participate as much or as little as they desired. The night was filled with a lot of laughing and quality family time.

Make It A Splendid Week – “Believe”

Believe

"Montanas de Guatemala" by Ana Lucia Ramire

“Montanas de Guatemala” by Ana Lucia Ramire

You must walk

You must whisper

You must run

You must shout the

Answers on the mountain top

The grass will grow

The trees will rise

All will be well with a winning prize

If you don’t know

And need to cry

Believe that the pain as well as the rain

Will soon go away

 

by Andrea, age 13

 

“Make It A Splendid Week” is a weekly post featuring a poem from one of our talented young authors in The Splendid Review.  Learn more about The Splendid Review and The Periwinkle Foundation’s Arts & Creative Writing Program or like The Splendid Review on Facebook

To request a printed copy of The Splendid Review email Erin Overhouse at eoverhouse@periwinklefoundation.org

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