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Angels in Need Inc

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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services

Mission: Angels in Need Inc. is a volunteer run, 501(c)(3) non-profit charity whose mission is to provide opportunity for children with special needs both locally in the Lake Norman area of North Carolina and abroad in Romania.

Target demographics: Children with special needs in the Lake Norman area of NC. Abandoned, disabled and poverty-stricken children in Romania.

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Angels in Need for several years now. Jeni Cooper is an amazing and true person. She is the epitome of selflessness. I have an autistic son and a metally handicapped 51 year old brother. AIN has embraced our family and is a great resource and support for our family!!! The Buddy System at Davidson College was a great experience for my son. One of our favorite nights of the year is the Buddy Club Concert. What a wonderful night for our whole family. Thank you Jeni and AIN for the wonderful impact you have had on our lives.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have a son adopted from Russia at age 3 and he has Autism/PDD-NOS. We moved to the area a year and a half ago. Angels in need has a wonderful welcome packet full of resources and referrals for services. I most enjoy the monthly coffee meetings where we share experiences and ideas of how to help our "special children". It really helps to have support, a place to ask questions and get direction. These meetings often feature a speaker providing an introduction to many services that can be helpful. It has also been a great source of friendships and playdates. They also offer social events to get the families out together. Thank you! It would have been very difficult starting in a new area and new schools without this charity. Laura-Huntersville, NC

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Angels in need serves as an amazing resource and connection to the community. It blows me away that it is run by one couple. Jeni Cooper is efficient and organized and her drive to help others is truly one to admire and brag about. The angels in need website is clear and easy to navigate and is a one-of- a kind resource for families living with disabilities. It includes local recreational programs, medical professional listings and personal experiences, support groups, webinars, educational information sessions, scholarships and family social opportunities. Angels in need is a one-stop-shop for parents raising children with disabilities. It saves them precious time, allowing them to spend more of it, with their kids. I proudly refer parents to the angels in need website, and click on it very frequently myself. Angels in need make it easy and desirable to fundraise and donate to their causes, because they are 100% volunteer based, and all donations go directly to the children, whether they live in the Lake Norman area or at the House of Angels in Romania. This is very appealing, because people can feel confident that ALL of their donation will directly help a child with a disability. Angels in need has made a huge difference in the lives of many and this nonprofit is one to be recognized and celebrated!

Sarah96

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Angels in Need is a phenominal organization that works to help orphans and disadvantaged children in Romania and locally in North Mecklenburg, NC. The organization allows us to become angels for special needs children, which in turn affords us the opportunity to be truly blessed by those children.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Becoming a parent is one of life's greatest joys, and greatest challenges. Preparing for my son was filled with baby showers, tea parties, pre-natal classes, and doctors visits. All expecting parents welcome and embrace these rights passage as our little ones enter our lives. Many of us deliver the common phrase, "we don't mind if its a boy or a girl, just as long as it is healthy." But what happens when your child is born with special needs? We brought our son home from the hospital expecting the visits to the doctor to last only a few more moths, but instead, the visits increased. Our quest for the perfect basinet became a quest to find a doctor who could give us answers to help our child, and who would accept our health insurance. Many friends and family who threw our baby shower to show their support, no longer accepted play dates with our child. The schools we spent months researching were no longer a place of learning. They became the pit of the NYSE trading floor, barganing IEP accaccomodations for for testing modifications. A sense of accomplishment was held in a paper document which may not receive implementation, rather than a gold star for what we saw as strides in our child's progress. He still wouldn't make the grade. While many parents and teachers offered a listening ear, the daunting task of explaining our childs diagnosis became overwhelming, and we simply stopped talking or trying to connect. Although this time in our lives felt isolating, we were not alone. We were amongst all parents, special needs or typically developing, who put on the brave face and confidence necessary to blend in with the other parents. Once we began honest conversations with other parents, we found out we were not alone. We were not the only special needs parents, nor were we the only parents facing challenges with a diagnosis, medical insurance, or helping to educate our schools. Angels in Need and Lake Norman Exceptional Moms gave us a place to talk about the challenges we were facing, and find the humor in our child's every day challenges. We found a community of encouragement and empowerment through scholarships and programing apprpriate to our child's needs. A place our child would be loved and accepted for their strengths rather than defined by their disabilities. Together we are able to celebrate each step in our child's development knowing we will have a friend to guide us through each challenge, and celebrate each joy with our child.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Angels in Need is the best resource for supporting special needs families in the North Mecklenburg area and beyond. Great at passing along information, hosting events, and finding much needed and various supports for those in need. Real people making a difference in the lives of others.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

"Angels in need" takes the initiative and does a lot of hands on good work for disadvantaged children here locally and abroad. My son has autism who has significant communication and social deficit. He benefits tremendously from the Buddy Club sponsored by "Angels in Need" with the help of Davidson College Buddy System. "Angels in need" also sponsors local disadvantaged children for summer camp and other emergency needs.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Angels In Need has been a crucial resource, a support system and a friend to our family from the moment we stepped foot in the Lake Norman area. These are beautiful people making a real difference in the lives of so many. They are always looking for more ways to help. Every day they have more to offer and every day they reach more families in need of support. This is an organization that really cares for each and every person they serve. They certainly have a special place in our heart.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization. When we moved into the area a couple of years ago, I was able to connect with other families with special needs children. I've gained many many great friends!

Donor

Rating: 5

My visits to different orphanges that originated under Ceausescu, and remain under current government, have inspired me to research several nonprofit organizations now helping children in Romania. "Angels in Need" is one of the most effective homes for needy children who have no family. The caretakers have opened their hearts and given hands to these sweet children at Angels in Need. The devotion and determination of Simona Stewart, the director, is incredible. This home for children only needs financial donations....for it has everything emotionally.

Donor

Rating: 5

"ANGELS IN NEED" IS SUCH A CARING ORGANIZATION THAT HELPS CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS AND THEIR FAMILIES AS WELL AS EDUCATING THE COMMUNITY ABOUT THESE NEEDS. THEY ARE LOCATED IN A SMALL COLLEGE TOWN THAT HAS A GROUP AT THE COLLEGE THAT IS SO INTERESTED IN THESE CHILDREN WITH THE SPECIAL NEEDS. NEEDLESS TO SAY, THESE YOUNGER CHILDREN RESPOND TO THE COLLEGE STUDENTS REALLY WELL, AND WHO KNOWS WHAT SEEDS WILL BE SOWN IN THEIR LIVES. THE ALL- VOLUNTEER LEADERS COVER EVERY ASPECT OF THE CHILD'S LIFE AND THE FAMILY'S LIFE---SOCIAL INTERACTION WITH OTHER CHILDREN AND ADULTS, RECREATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL. ONE SPECIAL THING THEY DO IS TO REACH OUT TO NEW FAMILIES AS WELL AS OTHERS IN THE COMMUNITY WHO DO NOT KNOW WHERE TO TURN SINCE THEIR CHILDREN DO NOT FIT IN WITH ANY OTHER GROUP. THE ORGANIZERS DO NOT TAKE A SALARY AND GIVE FREELY FROM THEIR HEART. THEY HAVE ALSO ADOPTED 2 SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN AND ARE CHANGING THEIR LIVES. CMB

Client Served

Rating: 5

The best help anyone can offer is the help that is "needed". What's the point of offering me bread, if what I really need is shoes? Angels in Need is a GENUINE help. They seek out what is needed by families and their communities, and that is the help they so desire to offer, and in the end the help they provide. They take the time to understand the needs of the families affected by disabilities or other hardships, and they take the time to collaborate and make that open need turn into a "satisfied" need. In my lifetime, I have met very few people who really want to offer their help....society is very closed minded about people "in need"....but Angels in Need opens up their arms to help those who are really broken, who are really in despair, and who are probably too ashamed to come forth and ask for the help. They transcend the meaning of a good neighbor. I love this organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Angels in need is a great organization making real difference in the lives of kids. Its approach and commitment is far beyond any such organization I know. I have seen dramatic position changes it has brought to children's lives.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Angels in need is a wonderful charity run by 100% volunteer staff. They serve the children in Lake Norman area as well as abroad. Their work is absolutely astounding. They provide the services not provided by any other organization. They play a pivotal role in improving lives of many many children. Kudos to the fine individuals running this charity!

Donor

Rating: 5

Angles in Need has a wonderful history of helping make life better for children and those who work with them. The reports to donors are insightful, interesting, and helpful in understanding the needs of the special people who benefit from the work of the nonprofit and its donors.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The outreach of this organization is astounding! Not only do they serve very special children in both Romania and the Republic of Georgia, but they serve exceptional children in their home community in North Carolina. My son participates in the Buddy program and through this he has made some very nurturing connections that often more difficult for him to make with his school peers. While Angels in Need have few funds, they have enormous hearts and a pure dedication to make this world a better place for children in need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Angels in Need was founded by two wonderful caring individuals striving to help children in Romania, the Republic of Georgia, and in their local area in the Lake Norman region of North Carolina. They communicate their needs and progress updates to donors and volunteers on a regular basis, and are excellent stewards of funds. They make a tangible difference in the lives of children through programs like the Buddy Club, events like the Buddy Benefit and Think Occasionally for awareness, and by providing goods to House of Angels in Romania.

Bin H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I knew and donated to this organization for more that ten years. It was a wonderful place where they help children in need and their families. All the donations go directly to the children.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love that donations go DIRECTLY TO CHILDREN IN NEED locally and internationally. There are no salary or facility expenses at Angels in Need. It is run by dedicated, caring and experienced volunteers.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful charity helping fund a very worthwhile and deserved need. It is done with volunteer staff and expenses are a very small part of the total budget. We feel our donations are extremely well used.