Honoring the efforts of Alyboo and Izybee Foundation
Volunteer Service Grant Amount Awarded: $10,000
Any parent who has had a premature or critically ill newborn knows the extreme anxiety that comes with this experience, waiting helplessly as hopes and fears invade their thoughts and prayers. This is a familiar scene at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Lincoln, California, where emergency treatment is given to afflicted infants.
The journey can be long and arduous for families who are faced with such ordeals. There is financial hardship due to the loss of work, travel between home and hospital, and caring for other siblings left at home.
To this end, the Alyboo and Izybee Foundation is dedicated to helping financially challenged parents that come to this Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Among many services, the Foundation provides bereavement counseling, care packages, gas cards and restaurant gift cards. In recent years the Foundation has also provided temporary lodging by moving an RV to the hospital’s parking lot. As demand for lodging for such families has grown, the Foundation has looked into replacing the RV with a Tiny House dwelling that will accommodate about 35 families per year.
The Alyboo and Izybee Foundation was created with love by Cindi and Dustin Mitchell in 2009 as a result of personally witnessing the hardships undergone by families while their own prematurely born daughters were being treated at this facility.
It has been my honor to serve the Alyboo and Izybee Foundation over the past few years and to witness the often forgotten resources that they provide families in need so that they can remain focused on the recovery of their child.