Bay Federal Credit Union and Jacob’s Heart Team Up to Send Children with Cancer to Camp

Bay Federal has teamed up with Jacob’s Heart to send 60 families of children with cancer to a joyous camp weekend at the end of August.

Pony rides at Camp Heart + Hand

Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services exists to improve the quality of life of children with cancer and support their families through the challenges they face. Jacob’s Heart is organizing a fundraiser for a camp with a goal of $30,000 throughout August. After a year of isolation, the organization looks forward to creating much-needed connection opportunities between families facing the unimaginable.

The camp experience, called Camp Heart + Hands, aims to support the entire family of a child or adolescent as they journey through their cancer experience. Camp is staffed by pediatric oncology nurses and doctors from Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, and they really know how to have fun!

Carrie Birkhofer, President and CEO of Bay Federal

Thanks to donations from our generous community, Camp Heart + Hands is free for all children and adolescents with a history of cancer, or those currently undergoing treatment, and their entire family.

Bay Federal Credit Union and Jacob’s Heart have a deep history. Bay Federal President and CEO Carrie Birkhofer was good friends with a mother whose daughter, Maddy, was diagnosed with cancer at five months old. Ms. Birkhofer quickly learned that being part of the Jacob’s Heart community of support and being connected to other families with children who also had cancer made a huge difference to Maddy’s family.

When Maddy died in 1998 at the age of two, Ms. Birkhofer that Maddy’s memory would be cherished forever in Jacob’s Heart, and promised the Credit Union to support the organization in Maddy’s honor. Over more than two decades, Bay Federal has donated countless volunteer hours, supplies, and direct financial aid to the organization.

“I am so inspired by the work Jacob’s Heart does every day,” said Ms. Birkhofer. “We are honored to partner with such a great organization that is making a real difference to the lives of the families they work with.”

Those in the community can help send Jacob’s Heart children to camp by visiting a Bay Federal branch to make a donation through Saturday, August 21, or by visiting: https: //give.jacobsheart.org/campaign/camp-peer-to-peer /c342836.


Bay Federal Credit Union has a long tradition of being a good neighbor. It has an award-winning employee volunteer program in which employees donate their own money each year and volunteer for numerous local schools, non-profits, and community events.

Our ongoing goal is to give back to the communities in which we live and work and make a real difference in Santa Cruz County.

If you know of an organization that needs our help, please let us know!

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