In order to provide meaningful support where and when it’s needed most, we work with our hospitals partners to address the unique nature of each family’s need. Our most common support grants address transportation, healthy meals, milestone celebrations and emergency services.
We give preference is given to families in need whose child who has been hospitalized in the neonatal intensive care unit for at least 2 weeks. We also work with high-risk prenatal and antepartum families and provide support to outpatient services up to a month after discharge to ensure continuity of care in follow-up clinic.
Parents and caregivers must be actively involved in the child’s care (or making an effort to do so) and have financial need.
In 2020, we provided more than 750 support grants to NICU families across Northern California and in Chicago.
Prematurity in America is at an epidemic level with 1 in 10 born being premature. Many organizations invest in research to help end this epidemic.
At Will's Way, our research focus is to educate, engage and encourage families during their baby's NICU stay.
This includes studying how the use of technology can improve parent engagement and education with leading academic institutions as well as innovative ideas from young innovators proposed by the Hasso Plattner School of Design.
Currently, we are partnering with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital and the UCSF Pre-Term Birth Initiative on a multiple site research study to learn how mobile technology supports family integrated care in America.
In addition, we're proud to partner with design students from Stanford University as they Redesign Healthcare.
"Thank you again for supporting our NICU. I sincerely appreciate all you do to raise money and support our families.
It enhances my social work role on so many levels. Thank you again.”
- NICU Social Worker
"We were recipients of a lovely dinner provided by your generous organization. It was a much needed respite from the overwhelming 8 month hospitalization of our grandson. Thanks for being a part of his long and eventful journey.”
- Grandmother of a NICU baby