Nicole Javorsky, Cubs for Coping

Nicole Javorsky knows the difference a teddy bear can make. At the age of 14, Nicole was hospitalized for anorexia, an experience she describes as “hard, stressful and lonely.” Family and friends showed their support by bringing her stuffed animals, and after leaving the hospital, Nicole decided to pay these gifts forward. Today, she runs Cubs for Coping, a volunteer organization that brings people together to make stuffed animals for those in need of something to hold onto during a hospital stay.

In Nicole’s words: “I am passionate about Cubs for Coping because not everyone has friends and family who bring them stuffed animals when they are going through a tough time.” The events organized by Cubs for Coping give volunteers an opportunity to get creative and design their own teddy bears, which are then donated to people in hospitals to let them know that they aren’t alone.

Funds from the Pollination Project will be used to help purchase necessary supplies for making the bears and putting on Cubs for Coping volunteer events. You can learn more about Cubs for Coping on their website, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

GRANT AWARD DATE:  July 8, 2014