Mondays have a bad reputation. It is the sign for many of us that the weekend is over and we have to go back to school or work. Today’s organization might just change your mind about Monday by giving you something to look forward to on your Monday.
On Christmas Eve 2009, Joey McMahon’s grandfather passed away. Joey was living in New York at the time and working a job he enjoyed, but the passing of his grandfather reignited a desire to do something to help people. Joey moved back to North Carolina and started working on an organization in honor of his grandfather.
The Monday Life uses the concept of crowd-funding to get as many people involved as possible. The organization asks donors for $1 each Monday to raise funds to support their mission of helping hospitalized children feel better and heal faster by improving their patient environments. They raise money to fill children’s hospitals with art, light, color, music, technology, massage, games, animals and fun. They are a 501c3 nonprofit based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and partnered with six hospitals around the United States: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Seattle Children’s, Children’s Hospital Colorado, UNC Children’s Hospital, Duke Children’s Hospital, and Miami Children’s Hospital.
The goal of The Monday Life is to spread awareness and get as many people involved as possible. They also wanted to make sure that anyone can help. One dollar is reasonable for almost anyone to give toward the cause. One dollar isn’t the upper limit, some choose to donate more.
The organization’s website lists some scientific research on each type of environment improvement that they promote. For example, art therapy offers a distraction from pain and illness, reduce stress, provide coping skills, and offer social benefits. The article refers to recent data suggesting that art therapy programs may result in shorter hospital stays, less need for medication, and fewer complications for patients. Music therapy can also serve as a distraction as well as reduce pain and anxiety, and provide emotional support and comfort.
Recently, the organization started allowing hospitals who they have not officially partnered with to set up their own fundraising sites that target a particular need such as adding an art or music therapist, purchasing iPads, or other items to improve the environment for patients. They are also working with new technology to let patients in hospitals interact with each other via tablets, smartphones, and social media sites to help provide social support and entertainment.
How can you help?
- The easiest way to get involved is to setup a reoccurring donation through their website.
- You can also designate your reoccurring donation toward a specific partner hospital here.
- You can even setup a fundraising page to help fundraise for any hospital that is in your area. The Monday Life will set everything up and help with promotion, they just need approval from the hospital.