As a volunteer and then board member at Variety, I have worked with so many dedicated people who's only interest is helping children and needy families when insurance and government programs cannot help. It is quite rewarding when we see the smiling faces of children at the holiday parties and when needy kids get a special, custom made adaptive bike!
Through the generosity of Variety and its Contributors, my son received a bike which otherwise would have been cost prohibitive since it has to be custom made. It was engineered by Freedom Concepts to accommodate his specific physical (and mental) disabilities. It is awesome! Now he can join other kids. It gives him a sense of independence, mobility, the ability to participate and FUN! He now has "wheels" and improved self esteem. Thank you Variety.
My nephew, Cameron, has CP and several other medical conditions that make mobility and regular exercise difficult. The Variety Club gave Cameron the ability to join his family in regular exercise activities by giving him a bike that he is specially designed for his physical challenges. Now Cameron has the freedom to join his able bodied brother and mother in riding around their neighborhood. None of this would have been possible without the Variety Club. Mark Twain once said that "Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see." Thanks for bringing the universal language of kindness to my beautiful nephew Cameron!
Since joining the Variety Board last summer, it has been a truly rewarding experience on many levels. I have met so many amazing individuals, and at the end of the day, we all share the common goal of positively impacting the lives of children in our community. Through the various sponsorship & mobility programs in place, we are able to see that goal come to fruition in a very tangible way. Variety is able to make a difference because of our engaging events (children's holiday parties, movie screenings, Gatsby Ball, toy drives, charity partnerships) and we have a great time while doing it!
Working to make a child's life better has to be one of the most rewarding things a person can do. I've been on Variety's board for almost a year now. What I love about Variety is it serves a very underserved group that often gets forgotten - the families that can't afford these things yet don't qualify for government aid.
Variety Club of Northern California is a unique and invaluable organization that serves diverse populations of children throughout our region.
What impresses me the most is Variety's ability to reach children and their families who otherwise aren't being served by other organizations ... kids with life-threatening medical conditions or physical disabilities ... or those whose families have been particularly hard hit by today's economy. It can be something as simple as helping kids access positive outlets for recreation and creative expression ... or giving a bike to a child whose family can't afford one. There is nothing like the smile of a child who has just gotten his or her first new bike.
The strength of the organization lies in its very committed and active board of directors and volunteer force. They absolutely make the most of every dollar that's donated to them.
My involvement with Variety club was about two years ago when I attended a few film screenings in the Preview Room. I really enjoyed donating my money during those fundraising events. The idea that my money was going directly towards the purchase of a bicycle or a wheelchair for a child was terrific.
I have been a board member with Variety for over 7 years. It has been a wonderful experience. To be able to make a difference in a child's life is the best feeling in the world.
Variety has a huge impact on the lives of many children in the San Francisco Bay Area, and I had a great experience volunteering with them. Volunteering at their annual Christmas toy drive, I helped collect 300+ toys and distributed them to as many as 6 or 7 local charities to give to children. By being the hub of a large network of charities, Variety is able to leverage resources and networks to help children.
When you really want every dollar to matter. Variety is the kind of organization that can make every dollar work harder. Low overhead, operated by long standing boardmemebers. This agency is alway at the top of my list when it comes to donations. I even included them in my living trust! Few agencies help the disadvantaged children in Northren California the way Variety does. After attending just one volunteer event you will feel what I felt in 2003.