Our children are referred to Special Spaces by children’s hospitals and healthcare professionals. Special Spaces has developed a strong and positive relationship with hospitals and Oncology Departments across the state. Once a complete application is received it is reviewed for approval by the Child Sourcing Committee. If approved, a home interview is scheduled with the child and family. The child is the main “designer” of a Special Spaces room makeover. Whatever the child can dream or imagine we can create. Our unique approach utilizes nearly all volunteers for our work force. The number of volunteers used for the makeover allows for many individuals to be touched by a child. Volunteers are needed at every skill level from those who can sew, paint, woodwork or help clean up.
A typical makeover requires $4,000 in monetary donations along with in-kind donations and services. We approach businesses and organizations, and request a monetary donation to cover the cost of the supplies. We look for matching in-kind donations and services as well. We also ask the sponsor to provide 15–20 volunteers to work with our skeleton crew for one day. This allows the sponsoring company or organization to involve their employees or volunteers directly. We put all the volunteers to work under the guidance of our crew, which consists of a general contractor and other members from our core of volunteers. In just one day, that dream bedroom is created and presented to the child and family. Over 80% of all funds raised go to room related expenses. We partner with corporations, local businesses and community organizations to fund our rooms. We also seek additional financial resources from statewide and local fund raising events.