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Children's Harbor, Inc. Charity Profile
Children's Harbor, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, provides free and confidential counseling and support services to children with long-term serious illnesses as well as to their families, and we provide camping and retreat facilities for these children and families as well as for other children with special needs. Children's Harbor was officially dedicated in 1990 to the memory of Adelia M. Russell.
From the beginning the mission has been simple: strengthening children and families.
Today our primary effort is centered around the Children's Harbor Family Center at Children's Hospital. The Family Center, located at 1600 6th Avenue South, Suite 200, is a collaborative effort with Children's Hospital of Alabama and provides free counseling to children with long-term serious illnesses and their families. This counseling is provided by caring and dedicated masters-level counselors, social workers, and educators.
In December 1998, the Children's Harbor Family Center and Children's Hospital of Alabama broke ground for the construction of a four-floor building. Dedicated on May 15, 2001, the Children's Harbor Family Center occupies the second floor of this building located at the corner of 6th Avenue South and 16th Street in Birmingham, Alabama
Children's Harbor, Inc. Volunteer Information
Children's Harbor is a magical place, not only for the children and their families who find love and support here, but for those whose efforts help make the wonder possible.
Many of those you see around the campus are volunteers who find joy in seeing a smile on the face of a child who is battling serious illness or a parent who has had few opportunities for a real respite.
Some of the volunteers are able to spare only a few hours a week; others are here almost every day. Some of them are young people just embarking on a life that includes serving others. Some are adults who carve time from their work week to help make a better world. Others are retirees who long ago learned the truth of Winston Churchill's observation that we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
There is virtually no activity, no special event that is not made better or more efficient by the volunteers' effort. The fact that they are willing to give of themselves enables Children's Harbor to do so much more for children and their families.
It has been said that volunteers are not paid – not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless. We know ours are.
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