Kaitlynn Craig is a college student with her whole life ahead of her but this holiday season she’s thinking of those who are at the end of their journey. The young woman from Faraday Township, home from Durham College for the holidays, is working on a project to raise funds and awareness for Hospice North Hastings and she’s using the internet to get the job done.
Craig is in her second year of a Social Service Worker program and because her future career path will land her in the not-for-profit sector, part of her studies include a focus on fundraising. Her classmates were planning bake sales and small events to raise money for their charities of choice but Craig wanted to also raise awareness and that’s when she thought of launching a “Go Fund Me” Campaign.
“I wanted to make it easy for people to help and I always click on links for Go Fund Me and even if I don’t donate to a cause I still like to learn about it,” Craig says from the Hospice North Hastings office where she has come to explain her campaign to the staff. “So many people don’t know what Hospice is so the campaign can even help with that.”
On the online fundraising website, GoFundMe says it “makes it incredibly easy to raise money online for the things that matter to you most.” And Hospice North Hastings and the families they support matter to Kaitlynn Craig. She has spent two years working for the Bancroft-based agency as a summer student and she says it’s tough work.
“There is a real emotional side to working with families at Hospice,” Craig says. “You need to help people cope – to get them through the hardest thing they’re going to face.”
Last summer, while Craig was a student working with Hospice North Hastings, she got to watch as a ground floor patient suite was constructed at the Hospice House. The suite was constructed to make the house more accessible and while it was a more affordable option than an elevator – the price tag was still a huge hit to the community-funded agency. This is where the young student is directing the funds she raises.
Craig explains in her on-line campaign that the new suite helps provide a better experience for patients. She explains that by keeping the patient in the heart of the home they can remain connected to a more normal life for whatever time they have left.
Kaitlynn’s hope is that she can raise $600 by Dec. 22 with this online tool but that her friends, family, community and even strangers will also find out about Hospice North Hastings and the efforts they make to provide caring when there is no curing.
Hospice coordinator Heather Brough is proud of Kaitlyn for making this effort.
“This is an amazing way to help at a time of year when we’re often focused on other things,” Brough says. “We’re really proud of what Katie has done. This was a real holiday surprise for our team and we’re so grateful.”
As for Craig, she says she’s happy to help and adds that you never know when someone you care about will need the programs and services that Hospice provides so she’s happy to help in any way she can.
To view the campaign page please visit GoFundMe.com and enter Hospice North Hastings in the search bar. The link is also posted on the Hospice North Hastings Facebook page.