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Variety The Children's Charity Of St. Louis

Rating: 5 stars   31 reviews 3,400

Nonprofit Issues:

Children & Youth, Health, Philanthropy

Address:

2200 Westport Plaza Drive St. Louis MO 63146 USA

Mission:

To help local children with disabilities reach their full potential by providing services every time they need assistance.

Target demographics:

Children under the age of 21 who have physical or mental disabilities in the St. Louis metro area with a household income under $65,000 (or otherwise exhibits extenuating circumstances such as multiple children or exorbitant medical bills).

Direct beneficiaries per year:

Each year, Variety serves more than 14,500 children with physical and/or mental disabilities throughout the St. Louis area.

Geographic areas served:

Metro St. Louis, Missouri (spanning 547 zip codes across 30 counties)

Programs:

Kids on the Go Mobility Program Variety assists more than 1,350 St. Louis-area children by providing them with durable medical equipment – including wheelchairs, augmentative speech devices, leg braces, hearing aids, prostheses, and van lifts – that empowers them to be physically independent. In-House Programs Throughout the year, Variety conducts a number of inclusive programs that allow local children with physical and mental disabilities the same opportunities as their able-bodied friends. Highlights include: • Adventure Camp: Three weeks of fun, challenging activities in the areas of sports, fitness, sensory art and music. • Bikes for Kids: Providing custom therapeutic bikes, as well as traditional bikes, to Variety children. • St. Louis through the Eyes of a Child with a Disability: A field trip for Variety children and their families to experience some of the city’s most treasured attractions together. • Variety Children’s Chorus: Comprised of talented children who receive equipment and/or funding from Variety, as well as children without disabilities. • Variety Children’s Theatre: Bringing together children of all abilities with professional adults in one of the city’s top performance venues to create an unforgettable experience for theater-goers, cast and crew alike. Partner Agencies To further serve children with physical and/or mental disabilities, Variety partners with 80+ specialized agencies throughout the metro area to provide therapy/medical services, education, and counseling. One dynamic element of these partnerships is Variety’s Sunshine Coach Van program, in which Variety provides passenger vans to its partners to transport children across the St. Louis area to doctor appointments, therapy sessions and special outings or activities. Emerson Resource Center Overseen by Variety’s Program Director, the Emerson Resource Center provides valuable information and community connections to resolve the legal, social, therapeutic, education, medical and counseling issues often encountered by families of children with disabilities.

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314-453-0453
www.varietystl.org

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Reviews for Variety The Children's Charity Of St. Louis

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

St. Louis Variety is one of the most remarkable organizations I have ever had the pleasure of being involved with. Not only is it comprised of some of the most kind and generous individuals, but it is undoubtedly one of the most effective organizations at providing equipment, tools, therapy and enrichment opportunities for individuals with physical and developmental disabilities. My little boy has cerebral palsy and the doors to independence that have been opened for him as a result of St. Louis Variety have been so invaluable and have allowed him become a confident and happy little boy. And Variety has made it possible for our family to enjoy this life without bearing the totality of the incredible burden of the outrageous costs of his medical equipment and care. We will forever be indebted to Variety St. Louis and are eternally grateful for all Nathan has received as a result of being a very lucky Variety kid!

 
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Best inclusive programs: Variety Children's Theater and Variety Children's Chorus! Variety understands the importance of wheelchairs and other equipment; they assist financially with these items! Ultimately, Variety's symbol is a HEART for good reason- they love kids and help them reach their full potential! I cannot say enough good things about this amazing organization!

 
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Variety is awesome! My son received a bike from this program, he now have the oppirtunity to share bike riding experiences. We also appreciate and look forward to the family outings. Not only do it bring awareness to the community but we're able to let our hair down because we are surrounded by many that understand. Thanks Variety for the many oppurtunities!

 
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I am a volunteer with the Variety Children's Theatre and I have seen Variety kids gain skills and confidence in their abilities. By participating on backstage or onstage teams, they are learning skills which can transfer to potential careers, and learning how to work together as a team to realize goals.

 
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Summer Camp, paying for equipment and therapy co-pays, the many family outings offered and caring staff are just a few of the reasons Variety of St. Louis is a great organization. Thank you Variety!!

 
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I work at Sherwood Forest, a nonprofit, year-round youth development organization based in St. Louis. We have received several Sunshine Coaches (large 12-passenger vans) from Variety over the last 15 years. Our programs are anchored in a month-long residential summer camp experience, and we use these vehicles to transport our kids to and from our camp site in Lesterville, Missouri. Many of the kids we serve do not have access to reliable transportation, and Sunshine Coach Vans ensure that everyone is able to fully participate in our programs. We are so grateful to be able to partner with Variety The Children's Charity Of St. Louis to improve the lives of children in our community!

 
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I am proud to be the Music Director for both the Variety Club Children's Theater and the Variety Club Children's Chorus. I have been involved with Variety as a professional musician for almost 20 years. What an organization. What dedicated, loving, supportive and caring workers and volunteers! These young people and their parents are all my heroes. I have seen Variety help families in need, provide support, programs, smiles, confidence, and "I can do it-ness," All of the money raised for Variety of St. Louis stays here in St. Louis.

Thank you for not just providing for special needs youth and their families, but also allowing ME the chance to see angels at work.

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?

2015

 
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I have a 5 year old who has been helped immensely by the variety club! He has received medical equipment and has been to 3 of the amazing camps they have. He loves it. They are very good at being able to deal with a "variety" of kids with all different abilities. They are always very understanding and flexible to help fill our needs and to make accommodations. It has been such an enormous blessing in our lives and we are so very thankful!

 
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I am 25 years old, and I have daughter who just turned 5 years old. In 2013 myself, my fiance , and my daughter were hit head on by a driver who was allegedly under the influence. This caused my daughter to have a traumatic brain injury and be diagnosed with ataxia. Since the accident recovery, she has become so determined to get back to where she was before the accident. She has to wear leg braces to help her balance and walk properly. When she out grew the ones the insurance paid for... the insurance would not cover for a new pair due to the short time she out grew the first ones. Unfortunately, I had no money to provide to out pocket for my daughter to walk properly... I searched everywhere trying to find a solution so that she could get the braces that were a necessity for her. I feel so stuck because everyone wanted to help but had no resources to. My daughters Physical therapist heard great things about variety and referred me to them. I contacted them and within a short time (about 2-3 weeks) my daughter had the doctors appointment to get the braces fitted and paid for. Variety provided all costs for her braces. No words could describe how appreciative and thankful that variety could help my daughter! I hope anybody out there struggling to find help like my family was, could be referred to by variety. They truly are amazing!

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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My 10 year old daughter (Madi) has cerebral palsy (she was born 12 weeks early). Variety has helped ensure she can get the equipment she needs (like a walker & stander) plus they help cover some of her weekly physical therapy co-pays. Madi has also participated in their amazing plays & their camp which make Madi feel more like a regular kid. I don't know what we'd do without Variety.
Traci

 
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