Variety the Children's Charity of St. Louis

Rating: 5 stars   20 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: 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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EIN 43-6078016
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Rating: 5 stars  

I had a great opportunity to be a wrangler for Peter Pan and it was one of the best experiences I had! I loved working with the kids and getting to see them grow as actors for the show. I was able to see the show on Sunday and it was amazing! I love seeing the Variety kids being treated as people not as people with a disability. This experience has reassured me to become a special ed teacher. I love everything Variety does!

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?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked with Variety, the Children's Charity of St. Louis for over 3 years now and I grow more fond of them each year. I mainly help with their Adventure Camp but also volunteer for other events throughout the year. I love playing and having fun with the kids and seeing their faces light up. Variety means everything to a lot of these kids and their families and I completely understand why.

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

seeing parents overjoyed that their kids are playing with other kids and simply having fun. Whether it's Adventure Camp, or Toy Trolley, or Variety Theatre, the kids just love that they can be themselves

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

work on time management and organization of activities (ie during camp)

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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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

better organization

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

It taught me to value what I have in life and don't take anything for granted. It also taught me to see a person for what they truly are and not just what they appear to be...that you have to look into people's hearts to see what they're really like.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

made me feel great to make the children laugh and smile.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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