Project Sweet Peas is pleased to announce that the NICU Family Assistance Fund program will begin accepting applications this September, in honor of Neonatal Intensive Care Awareness Month. The fund will exist to assist families nationwide with costs during their stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) including transportation, lodging, and food.
In a 2014 Project Sweet Peas survey of over 500 parents, 91 percent cited experiencing financial strain during their time in the NICU. Almost three-quarters (73.6 percent) of these parents experienced loss of income, with 15.8 percent describing that they were laid-off or quit.
Only 5.7 percent of parents received financial assistance from the hospital. Community and governmental assistance also was uncommon with 7 percent receiving support from community sources (such as family or community organizations), and 13.2 percent from governmental sources.
Given this great need, Project Sweet Peas hopes to alleviate financial burden while parents endure a difficult journey in the NICU.
Consider making an investment to ensure that every family that reaches out is able to receive funding by making a gift today. Your gift, no matter the size, will help families stay together.
You may make a gift via credit card or paypal by selecting the "Donate" button below. Donations of $100 or more will be recognized in packets distributed to recipients of the fund.
Project Sweet Peas wishes to thank the following donors for their generous contributions to assist the fund's launch: