KyMel, Inc

Connecting Experiences

aka Camp Hope-Heartland   |   KANSAS CITY, MO   |  kymel.org

Mission

It is the mission of KyMel to provide connecting experiences for families on the cancer journey.

Ruling year info

2015

President

James Wohlwend

Vice-President

Gail Moeder

Main address

3132 NE 91ST PL

KANSAS CITY, MO 64156 USA

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Formerly known as

Camp Hope-Heartland

EIN

47-3048651

NTEE code info

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Camp Hope

Camp Hope is a summer camp for kids and teens who have, or have had, cancer.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with diseases and illnesses

A summer camp for the siblings of kids with cancer. The first sibling-only camp in the region.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Where we work

Accreditations

American Camp Association Accreditation 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

2019 was the first year we had two camps, Camp Hope and Camp SIBsational. 2020 both in-person camps were cancelled due to COVID. We instead held a virtual camp session.

Percentage of campers who feel more supported and connected after camp.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Camp Hope

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Campers complete a statistically validated tool that assesses the percentage who felt an increase in connectedness because of Camp Hope. 2020 no data was collected as in-person camp was cancelled.

Percentage of campers who show an increased ability to build and maintain friendships because of camp.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Camp Hope

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Campers complete a statistically validated tool that assesses the percentage who felt that their friendship skills increased because of Camp Hope. In-person camp was cancelled in 2020.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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Goal: To provide campers with a safe, supervised camping environment.

Goal: To provide the medical expertise and close monitoring required by children with a history of
cancer.

Goal: To provide campers opportunities to experience normal camp programs as their medical needs will allow and at no cost to the camper.

Goal: To offer children with cancer opportunities to interact with others who have similar circumstances.

Goal: To provide to the parents whose children attend camp a safe, secure program, and to provide them with all necessary information and support.

Goal: To provide maximum benefits to the children from the donations received.
Outcome Objectives:

In order to meet all of our goals, Camp Hope has a dedicated committee who organizes and plans Camp each year. Camp relies on volunteer staff each year as well to run Camp and we typically have over 100 volunteers. Our committee has members from throughout Kansas and Missouri thus giving us local and statewide access to support and resources. Our strategy is to meet all American Camp Association standards thus ensuring a high level of safety, recruit a fully staffed medical team with nurses, physicians, mental health specialists and pharmacists and to solicit community and individual donors to financially support Camp so that it can remain free to all participants. We also develop key events at camp each year that will help the campers become more independent and to further develop peer relationships. Examples of these include the talent show and teen-only events.

We have a 19 member volunteer committee that helps plan, organize and run Camp Hope each year. Camp has been around since 1983 and in the same general location for over 30 years so we have a lot of community support and resources at our disposal. This has also helped us developed local fundraising partners. We also have over 30 years of participants who continue to support Camp Hope in many ways. Our volunteer committee makes sure we are always meeting accreditation standards, helps recruit new volunteers and continually updates all volunteer policies and procedures.

Camp Hope has been in existence since 1983 and typically has between 65-100 campers attend each year. This past year we had over 20 former campers return to volunteer. Our follow up surveys continue to show that camp is a valuable and life-changing experience for these children. We have maintained American Camp Association accreditation continually since 2002. We would like to expand our services to provide more mid-year activities for these kids as well in addition to the week long summer camp. We started this year and have held 2 events thus far with more planned. We hope such events will strengthen the peer relationships for these children.

Financials

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KyMel, Inc

Board of directors
as of 5/20/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. James Wohlwend

Priority Care Pediatrics

Judy Wagner

Andy Bukaty

Janelle Hilger-Kopshinsky

Dan Kopshinsky

Judy Wagner

Mandy Graul-Conway

Charlie Dixon

Eric Giovanni

Ivan Cortes

Brook Bailey

Gail Moeder

Tim Uryasz

Paul Davis

Jason Schmitt

Jennifer Patterson

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/20/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/20/2019

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.