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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Improvement & Capacity Building, Homeless & Housing, Housing Expense Reduction Support, Housing Support, Single Parent Agencies

Mission: The Warrick Dunn Family Foundation is dedicated to providing opportunities for economically-disadvantaged single parents and children who have demonstrated a commitment to achieve financial independence and stability.

Results: WD-FF has rewarded more than 100 single parents and 270 children.

Target demographics: economically-disadvantaged single-parent families

Direct beneficiaries per year: Minimum of 9 single-parent families

Geographic areas served: Atlanta, Ga., Baton Rouge, La., Tampa and Tallahassee, Fla.

Programs: The Homes for the Holidays (HFTH) program transforms the lives of single-parent families by rewarding hard work and recognizing individuals who are actively improving their lives by achieving first-time home ownership. The desired outcome of HFTH is to give single parents an opportunity to establish a positive home environment where their children can thrive educationally, socially and economically. HFTH rewards single parents who have demonstrated financial independence by pursuing and accomplishing the American Dream of first-time home ownership. Through a closed nomination process with Habitat for Humanity, single parent homebuyers are selected. Aaron's Inc., volunteers and community partners step in to completely furnish each home with appliances, furniture for each room, kitchen supplies, linens, groceries, electronics, books, cleaning products and home decor. Recipients are presented with $5,000 in down-payment assistance and a fully furnished home during a formal presentation at their new residence, helping them lower monthly mortgage payments and alleviate the debt often associated with making a house into a home. The HFTH program transforms the lives of single-parent families and first-time homebuyers by providing the tools to create a stable and happy home.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Warrick Dunn is a exemplary person who truly cares about young kids. It is so great to say that his nonprofit mirrors his passion and dedication to help others. I would recommend everyone visit Warrick Dunn's website to experience just how much his staff does for those in need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoy volunteering for the warrick dunn charities. You get to see the joy that come from the women or men that has been chosen for this. You never get tierd of seen it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have the opportunity to volunteer for the Warrick Dunn foundation. I would help put the house together to be presented to the women that are going to receive them. I have seen how overwhelm these women can get when he present them the keys to their new house. I also give monthly donation to his foundation, so that he can continue to do the wonderful work that he does. I

1 Claire M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I helped for the first time in staging the 100th home in
Atlanta, GA and was so impressed and awed with the professional staff, what was provided for the family, and Warrick's presentation. It will be an experience I will never forget and I plan to help again in the future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity in 2009 to shop, assist in staging, and be present for the home presentation for recipient Tamaneka Butler. I must say not only was the experience rewarding but it gave me an insight on what the Warrick Dunn Foundation is truly about - helping single parents and their families. The most rewarding part of that whole process was not only getting to know the people who work so diligently behind the scenes but also to see a parent who has worked so hard to provide a better life for their child (ren) rewarded. Seeing the joy on the faces of that parent and their child (ren) as they get the realization that part of the struggle is over is something that I will never forget. The Warrick Dunn Foundation is a catalyst of change in a society that can sometimes forgets the single parent struggle. This Foundation not only offers hope to the recipient but also to their children. One must remember that in order to know that you have made a difference not only are we to look into the eyes of the adult, we must also look into the eyes of the child. I've looked in the eyes of both and I know that this foundation has made a difference.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughters & I were a recipient back in 2001 and I have to say that was an amazing blessing as well as Warrick being our Angel. I also had some opportunities to be a volunteer and do the same for other families. What the WDF does for single parents & children can not be replaced with anything greater.

As for me and my daughters this has allowed us to grow and develop into a stronger family with many great memories.

Elizzabeth Bonnie Davila

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2010, my nonprofit Let The Kids Play requested to this exemplary foundation a donation for our silent auction. Within one week we were presented with several autographed items that were sold with enough raised to help 5 kids play a youth sport.

The best thing of all was not getting the donation but rather the way our organization was treated. We all felt like family and the continued passion for what they do and what we do oh so obvious.

It is not every day that we even get what we request and thankfully Warrick Dunn and his foundation truly are "Family" focused.

Thank you so much.

David Boucher
Executive Director Let The Kids Play

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son and I helped prepare a home for Home for the Holidays for a single parent and her children. It was probably the most fun and gratification we ever had during the holidays. Warrick and the staff of the Foundation are awesome. The staff attends to every detail. They also mobilize help from other nonprofits and their volunteers. Warrick turned over the keys to the family and thanked all the volunteers. I was impressed at how he talked with and thanked all of us. Not only is the home turned over in move-in and sit-down-and-eat condition, but each bedroom is reflective of the occupant's favorite activities and colors.

Donor

Rating: 5

I will never forget the first time I met Warrick Dunn. He came to the Atlanta Falcons Football Club as a Free Agent to meet with Head Coach Dan Reeves in 2002. He had to walk through my office to get to Coach Reeves' office and as he got to his door, he backed up, came to my desk, extended his hand and said "I'm Warrick Dunn". From that day, he has been one of my all time favorite Atlanta Falcons players! For the next 6 years I was able to experience up close what a marvelous young man he was and still is! He is everything a mother would want in a son and I have always thought his mother is looking down from heaven and smiling at his many accomplishments both on and off the football field! One of my saddest days was when he was released from the Falcons, but I am oh so happy now that he is back as a limited partner with us.

The work that the Warrick Dunn Family Foundation has done over the years in allowing 101 single parents to own their own home speaks for itself. I am proud to say that I am a supporter and donor to the Warrick Dunn Family Foundation, and look forward to the day I retire from the Falcons so that I can become a volunteer for this great young man's Foundation!

Brenda Johnston
Executive Assistant to Head Coach
Atlanta Falcons

falisha stewart

Client Served

Rating: 5

Left me breathlesss...I cried so much!! Never in a million years would I have thought that I'd be receiving such an incredable gift! Being a single parent is hard work and lots of times goes unrewarded. This organizations deed not only touched my soul but looked out for the entire household....everyone was left floating on cloud 9!
Thank you to EVERYONE involved in every aspect of WDFF!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working as a volunteer for the Warrick Dunn Family Foundation has been a very rewarding experience. To realize how much thought and consideration that goes into putting each house together for the reciepients, is no simple task. There is a lot of attention to detail as to what each family member likes in the way of colors and styles. Working with the group in each phase, from buying the products to furnish a house to actually putting it all together in the house and then the ultimate reward of watching the recipient find out they have been selected. It brings tears to my eyes each time I think of how many people's lives Warrick Dunn has touched. He's a very special person and I'm honored to have worked for his foundation.