Caring for the Caregiver—Please Support Our Memorial Day Appeal

May 29th, 2017

As Memorial draws closer, we invite you to stop and consider the true meaning of this holiday. Yes, days are getting longer, temps are heating up, and like you; we at Northwest Compass can almost taste summer. But as we’re planting in the garden, firing up the old grill and gearing up for the first long weekend of the year, it’s important to remember that Memorial Day is a day to honor and celebrate American service men and women who have given their lives in service to our country.

We ask that you also please remember the heroes behind the scenes—the estimated 5.5 million military and veteran caregivers across the country. At Northwest Compass, we are honored to serve as the host site for Legacy Corps, where our members provide more than 20,000 hours of service annually in support of our nation’s heroes and their caregivers across Northern Illinois.

While showing loyalty and commitment to a loved one through caregiving can be very rewarding; confronting the worry, constant demands on their time, fatigue and financial burden can also be stressful and sometimes overwhelming. Studies by the Family Caregiver Alliance show that caregivers are at increased risk of illness and depression due to:

  • Not attending their own medical needs
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Poor eating habits
  • Not getting enough exercise/activity

And most caregivers also have other important responsibilities on their plate, such as work or caring for other family members. Though important legislation is pending, there is currently little funding for their support from the government.

That’s where Legacy Corps comes in. Our members are trained to provide desperately needed services such as in-home respite care, childcare respite, education and information dissemination for caregivers, transportation to appointments and caregiver transitional services. These services are provided to active military, veterans and their family members in northern Illinois, free of charge.

But we cannot continue this important work without the support of a caring community. Please consider supporting the mission with a donation in honor of a friend or family member who has given their life in service.

Please Support Our Memorial Day Appeal


For More Information
For information about your In Honor or Loving Memory donation, please download our flyer: pdf-iconMemorial Day Appeal—Honor Wall

Please contact Dr. Cheryl Novas, PhD
Northwest Compass, Managing Director, Partnership & Development
+1 847 637 0969

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