Helping our community’s children get off to a healthy start in life is an important goal of the Foundation. We offer several programs designed specifically to promote the wellbeing of our youth:
School-Based Health Care Program
The Foundation contributes over $100,000 annually to provide much-needed primary and dental health care services to children throughout Yuma County who are uninsured or underinsured. This program serves six elementary school districts through the use of two mobile medical vans.
Drive for School Supplies
This popular program provides less fortunate children throughout Yuma County with the necessary school supplies and backpacks to start the new school year off right! Since the program started in 1999, we have put smiles on the faces of over 47,000 children as we helped them get ready to go back to school. Sponsors and volunteers are crucial components in the success of this program. If you would like to help make a difference there are several sponsorship opportunities available. If you represent a school and would like to request supplies, please fill our Drive For School Supplies Request Form.
YOUTH Initiative: Walk-Fit Program
This program celebrates exercise and healthy family habits through walkathon events sanctioned and coordinated by 15 Yuma elementary schools with over 5,000 participants. Students and their families are encouraged to participate. The laps and cumulative miles they achieve are tracked and celebrated with various incentive tokens for the students to display proudly. If your school is interested in participating in this program, please see our Walk-Fit Program Guidelines.
Save a Life: Teen Heart Screening Program
This potentially lifesaving program, implemented in the high school system, screens local teenagers that might be at risk for Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). The goal of this program is to promote awareness of this condition and to encourage action for those at risk.
Healthy Kids in the Kitchen
Like many communities across the country, our community faces the challenges of addressing childhood obesity. This exceptional program provides cooking classes to children and teenagers to teach them proper nutrition, portion control and how to make healthy choices.
When a need is identified, one person can truly make a difference! This is precisely what one emergency department nurse at Yuma Regional Medical Center did. She identified the staggering statistics of children being brought into the emergency department to treat fatal head injuries from biking, boarding and skating accidents. Now, together, we raise funds to purchase helmets for children of all ages. These helmets are then distributed to children at various annual events free of charge.
This national initiative focuses on the creation and distribution of handmade blankets and afghans to help comfort children when they are in the hospital. All of these items are lovingly made by volunteers called “blanketeers.” The Foundation of Yuma Regional Medical Center serves as a regional representative of this program, providing blankets to children during their stay at Yuma Regional Medical Center.
For more information about these programs, make a donation or get involved, please call the Foundation of Yuma Regional Medical Center at 928-336-7045.