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Cape Ivy

Address 404 Rookwood Dr
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Phone (571) 244-9337
Website https://www.capeivy.org/
Primary Contact Cynthia Hargroves
Primary Email info@capeivy.org
Primary Focus Area Children/Youth (non-education)
Service Areas
  • Albemarle
  • Statewide
  • National

Mission Statement

Cape Ivy provides as many fun, bold fleece ponchos to hospitalized children because robes, sweaters and jackets don’t work with IV lines and other medical equipment.


It can be difficult for patients to stay warm while hooked up to IV and PICC lines. Robes, sweaters and jackets don’t work with the lines. It can be uncomfortable, and painful, to get a sleeve over an IV. Meg Smith came up with a solution when her son, Gavin, was 6. She created fun fleece poncho capes for him to slip over his head. He was cozy in bed and no more cold walks down hospital corridors. Ponchos of this type don't exist, and yet they are functional and necessary. Meg, along with her business partner Cindy Hargroves, want to provide comfort to children in the hospital by providing ponchos to frequent fliers. Cape Ivy is a 501(c)3 all-volunteer organization.

Key Programs

Program 1
Title:Donations of Ponchos to Chronically and Critically lll Children
Description:Cape Ivy giving away as many capes as possible to “frequent flier” children in hospitals. Ponchos have been donated to hospitals and family-stay homes (for example, Ronald McDonald Houses) in 32 states.
Examples of Program Success:Cape Ivy has donated 12,000 ponchos since 2019 and continues to receive positive feedback from hospital staff, parents, and patients.
Total Program Budget:$58,000
Category:health care, youth

Giving Opportunities

Opportunity 1
Title:Poncho Donation to A Specified Medical Facility
Description:Each $150 donation provides a donation of 15-16 ponchos to a children's hospital, out-patient cancer infusion center, Ronald McDonald House, or other family-stay home.
A donation is a great way to thank or honor the staff at a medical facility.
More information can be found here: https://capeivy.org/targeted-donation/
Project TimelineJan - Dec
Opportunity 2
Title:Small Business or Corporate Sponsorship for Local Children's Hospital
Description:Corporate sponsors are encouraged to sponsor ponchos donations for their local children's hospital. A $1000 donation or grant provides 100 ponchos.
Corporate sponsors and foundations donating $1000 are featured on the Cape Ivy website and on social media.
Project TimelineJan - Dec