Hugworks is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization making a meaningful difference in the lives of children with special needs by delivering services and resources/products to help boost self-esteem and enhance healthy expression of feelings.
What We Do
Hugworks develops innovative ways to address the special needs of children through live Therapeutic Music Entertainment, Music Therapy and other projects/programs. Through a unique collaborative process with early childhood and musical professionals, Hugworks has produced three award-winning children's audio CDs which are used in hospitals, medical camps and homes across the country.
Why We Do It
Hugworks is committed to the principle that all children deserve healthy ways to express themselves emotionally which will help them reach their full potential.
How We Do It
Music is one of the most powerful artistic expressions humankind has created. Hugworks performs live Therapeutic Music Entertainment programs for hospitalized children. We also fund Music Therapy sessions for children with special needs, at no cost to the child's family for the first six months. After six months, a sliding scale is applied based on family income. By leveraging the power of our award-winning music, Hugworks is collaborating with premier early childhood educators and other best-in-class nonprofits to create original children's programs.
How We Began
Asked to play at Columbus, Ohio Children's Hospital during a concert tour, Jim Newton sang for a group of kids and a child named Toby who, through the music, began to smile - something he had not done in a very long time. That day, Jim discovered there was not only entertainment but also therapeutic value in music. He decided to dedicate his life and musical talents to help enrich and heal children with special needs.
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Who Makes This Possible
We are very fortunate to have generous foundations, individual donors and other supporters who are committed to our mission - since there is no way we could do this alone. These groups and individuals are critical as we continue to serve the needs of children.