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.
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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1 person found this review helpful

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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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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Rating: 5 stars  

I haved worked as a volunteer for this wonderful foundation for the last couple of years. Initially, I became involved because of the amazing person I had found Mr. Dunn to be. The way he was honoring his mother by giving back was an inspiration to me and my efforts in dealing with the then recent loss of my mother. Participating in preparing a home for a family who may otherwise not know this amazing blessing, is awesome. Myself, along with my sister and brother-in-law, were happy to prepare this home, from setting up furniture to things as simple as placing dishes in the cabinets. The most rewarding moment is being present as Mr. Dunn hands the keys over to a well deserving family! I look forward to continuing my volunteer services with the Warrick Dunn Family Foundation.

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

witnessing the difference it has made in the lives of so many families.

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

not change a thing!

 
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