WARRICK DUNN CHARITIES, INC.

Rating: 5 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing

Location: 3223 Howell Mill Road, NW Atlanta GA 30327 USA

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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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.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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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

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally experience the results of this organization by volunteering.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not change a thing.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

nothing.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

introducing me to new people.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

good.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Attending the 100th home presentation in Atlanta and observing Warrick's personal interest and interaction with the recipient family.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage more advertisement of what the Foundation does so more people would be aware and support the Foundation with their time and money.

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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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being present during a home presentation and seeing the joy of the surprised recipient.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get more financial backing so more lives could be changed.

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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

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

YES....my daughters and I were receivers of a wonderful home.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None.

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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

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the faces of the 5 kids that Warrick Dunn and his foundation helped with their generous gift of autographed items.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

partner with them through a website and other social networking entities

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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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I saw the joy and gratitude on the faces of the family when they entered their home. It was especially fun to watch the children. I receive the foundation's newsletter and keep up with all the good the foundation does.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None. This foundation is perfect!!

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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

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I worked with Warrick Dunn for 6 years.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The only way I would make changes would be to give more monies.

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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!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the area of giving freely and never asking for anything in return. They have made every household that they have assisted very happy. WDFF has taken the burden off of the head of household. The initial down payment on the new home, furnishing, food, accessories...etc.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase the area that I serve eventually going international. Start a college scholarship fund, prevention classes for the children living in these household so that they can be better equipped mentally, socially, economically. Support groups, peer groups.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

The housing director submitted my info.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Paying it forward!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

witnessing the presentations to selected recipients.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to get more media attention.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Nothing that I can think of - this group works very effectively and efficiently.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I met new people and was deeply touched by the compassion of Warrick Dunn.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Makes me wan to give back to the community more than ever.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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