Projects We are Currently Working on
RESOURCE DIRECTORY: We are looking at building a resource directory, to be housed on the SPP website. This directory will list our favorite/preferred service providers. Need a feeding therapist with experience dealing with oral aversions? We can connect you. Need advice on who to use for Occupational Therapy? We can tell you!
PARTNERSHIP GROUP: This fall, Seattle Parents of Preemies will host the first NICU Volunteer Partnership meeting! The purpose of this group is to link together the leaders of each NICU Volunteer Group within Washington State. We plan to share ideas on how to best support families both in-unit and post-discharge as well as discover ideas for fundraising, etc. These meetings will provide volunteer leaders the opportunity to learn from one another and develop best practices so that we can best support NICU families across Washington State.
SMOOTH WAY HOME: SPP continues to play an active role in the new Smooth Way Home Coalition. This amazing project has support across several King County organizations, hospitals, and service providers. The program is looking at ways to “smooth” the transition from hospital to home for NICU families. A key component of this work is to help families identify and access support for their psychological/emotional, physical, or medical needs.
FISCAL SPONSORSHIP: We are really excited about a potential opportunity to join with another amazing local organization as they consider fiscal sponsorship of our group. We hope that in the coming months we will be able to report some positive news on this front!
SUPPORT FOR NICUs: Sadly, there are several NICUs in our area that currently don't have a peer support program in place. We are in the process of laying the foundation for some of these institutions to begin that process. In the meantime, we are encouraging them to refer patients to Seattle Parents of Preemies to meet some of their support needs.
SUPPORT ACROSS WASHINGTON STATE: We are looking at how we can support families across Washington, not just the Seattle area. Stay tuned for more details!