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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Down Syndrome, Health, Human Services, Mental Health, Mental Health & Crisis Intervention

Mission: PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES.

Target demographics: those with intellectual disabilities

Geographic areas served: throughout the State of North Carolina

Programs: Operation LAMB is where Knights of Columbus throughout the State of NC stand outside retail establishments offering Tootsie Rolls for optional donations. The Knights raise over $700,000 annually for the LAMB Foundation with this program.

Community Stories

72 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The LAMB Foundation has been a faithful supporter of our mission of loving, living and learning for the differently able for over 15 years. Holy Angels is a nonprofit 501c3 residential facility in Belmont, NC that provides specialized round-the-clock care for children and adults with intellectual developmental disabilities and delicate medical conditions. The LAMB Foundation, as well as the individual Knights of Columbus Councils, have dedicated their prayers and support to assisting us in providing the highest level of care for those we are privileged to serve. They have provided funding for adaptive equipment, mechanical lifts and transportation to name a few. They have always been eager to have their members come tour, learn more about our mission and develop a mutually beneficial partnership with our agency - because both Holy Angels and the LAMB Foundation strive to serve "the least of these" in all that we do.

Janet M.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Lamb Foundation helped Horse and Buddy grow our scholarship fund so we can serve more riders who need us! They are the best!

Donor

Rating: 5

The donations that the LAMB Foundation make to schools and teachers of exceptional children clearly make a very positive impact on the learning process for these special students.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I work with students with disabilities who have deficits in communication, social skills and functional play. The LAMB foundation provided my classroom with a light table and magnetic blocks! These materials supported my students sensory experiences and communication skills. They have worked together to build structures and were motivated to play and communicate with their peers. These materials has supported and motivated my students to improve their play and social interaction skills.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I was part of the first crawfish boil we ran in our local KofC council 7186 in Apex. This fundraising event provided 100% of our profit to our local community for people with intellectual difficulties. Even more import was the support we received from the various Churches of all denominations and non-denominations. This what appeared to be a simple fundraiser for OpLamb turned out to ignite a passionate community of faith.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization. The work that they do here in our community is great for the local support organizations. They raise and donate money to churches and schools. The people involved are highly passionate and committed to the cause.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

This group provides a vast amount of help to those with special needs. From supplying funds to various residential centers to helping Special Olympics they a lot of wonderful things.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm happy to work with the LAMB Foundation of NC, Inc. via the Knights of Columbus Council 7186. I've assisted the LAMB Director for this council for almost 2 years and have seen the appreciation of those to whom they're able to donate funds. Raising money for this cause is very rewarding. Recent recipients have used the money to benefit both individuals and groups, including increasing awareness and creating web resources for the Diocese of Raleigh to aid with inclusion. What a wonderful cause and how easy it is to participate!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The LAMB Foundation of NC is an outstanding charity! As local director in Apex, the thing I love the most about it is that we are helping our local community as well as the entire state. Most of the money comes back to our local community as our goal is to support individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families in the areas of faith, education, and quality of life. It's very rewarding to contact worthwhile support organizations and ask them how we can help further their mission in supporting people with intellectual disabilities! We've helped young people by donating to local schools and churches. We've helped adults by providing equipment to organizations that employ people with disabilities. We've helped youth and adults by defraying costs of some therapies. It's a great way to both engage, and give back to our local community.

1 Kathy D.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great pleasure to see the 100%volunteer work we do when giving the proceeds to the local charities helping the people with intellectual disabilities .
Council #4660
Wilson,NC

Writer

Board Member

Rating: 5

Have volunteered for the LAMB Foundation for about 15 years now - cannot think of a better way to donate ones time.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our family has supported this amazing charity for a number of years

1 Carrie S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Lamb Foundation has supported my Special Needs Classroom for the past several years by funding community involvement opportunities and purchasing needed items for the classroom. We are truly grateful for all they do to assist individuals with disabilities in our community.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

The foundation is very focused on delivering Quality of Life grants to agencies supporting those with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities. Organizationally, It is an all volunteer group, no one receives a salary. The grant process is very straight forward and is primarily focused at providing funding for local community efforts. As a board member for the O'Berry Foundation the LAMB Foundation has for years provided funds to improve the lives of many individuals in need.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

L.A.M.B. is a great organization that helps people with intellectual disabilities. The Special Olympics is on the organizations supported by L.A.M.B. Very little of the monies collected to to nonprofit overhead. The vast majority of the funds go to those organizations like Special Olympics that need the support. As a Knight of Columbus (Grand Knight for Council 13488, MCAS New River) I stand outside the local Golden Corral for several hours once a quarter collecting for OP L.A.M.B.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am the Grand Knight, Knights Of Columbus Council 13488. The Council collects for Operation L.A.M.B. four time per year (once per quarter) because of the great work of the LAMB Foundation.

1 bill9549

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have seen the results of LAMB in action. The help and assistant in give to those with intellectual disability. The extra help that is given to NC Special Olympic and to schools is credited to the men of the Knights of Columbus.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with LAMB Foundation of North Carolina for the past 8 years and can honestly say that when I tell people what Lambs about and how the donations are distributed they are impressed by the way this charity is handled. I plan to stay involved with LAMB as long as possibl.

1 Dale Trivero B.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Project LAMB is a great program. They have supported our program Hopes N Dreams for over 7 years We support children and adults intellectual challenged and disabled an our Wounded Warriors. Because of project LAMB an there donation we are able to continue our summer camps, dances, Hooked On Fishing, social events an more. With out Projecr LAMB donation we could not offer these programs at little to no cost to our special needs population. Project LAMB is very important to our community. We are proud that they are part of our family. We are adding a picture of our childrens Christmas party for our toddlers to 12 year olds. With the help from the LAMB foundation we could off this event at a cost of a Big Smile. One of many events we have though out the year. Thank you LAMB foundation we love you all.

1 Danielle Vann G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Danielle George. I am an exceptional children teacher at Hobbton High School. I teach students with disabilities from grades 9 - 12 in all educational areas (self -contained classroom setting). Operation LAMB has helped my classroom tremendously. This fantastic group has sponsored my classroom with learning opportunities for my students in the community. For example, we were able to attend outings (also named Sampson County Champions Program) with other students with disabilities in the county to activities like bowling, movies, etc. These outings are teachable moments for students that others may take for granted. Without Operation LAMB sponsorship, these outings would be costly for my students. Thank you Operation LAMB for all you do!

1 William H.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such friendly and awesome men! They were more than willing to explain their charity and where the donation was going.
Great job, guys!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The LAMB Foundation is a very big help to many places providing care for people with special needs. Their support is vital and always comes with a smile.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have visited two residential centers that LAMB contributes to. Just mention the LAMB Foundation and the smiles on the staff tells all. Having given checks from LAMB to several teachers of special needs children, I have seen for myself how this helps. A great organization run by great people!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've witnessed first hand how the LAMB Foundation of NC has benefited the special needs population of Haywood County N.C. Having a special needs son myself I can testify that financial struggles can compound the challenges of improving everyday life for special needs children and adults. The LAMB Foundation has help financially to the educational and social networks of our child's life and these contributions have made a dramatic difference in the quality of assistance. I encourage the public to donate the change in your pockets to the Knights of Columbus when you see them at public festivals and church fairs holding out the very familiar yellow LAMB drive jars. Your small donations make a huge difference!
Jeff

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

seeing 70+ local Special Ed Teachers , local Special Olympic Programs and expanded associated programs enabled through distribution of Lamb Program Grants, makes the many hours the program volunteers work very rewarding.

1 Gordon H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have observed LAMB Foundation over the years as they support Special Education classes in my community, as well as Special Olympics and other programs to support those with intellectual disabilities. As the grandparent of a child with Down Syndrome, this strikes very close to my heart.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with LAMB for the past three years. It is one of the most worthwhile charities that I am involved with. The stories that the local teachers deliver at the annual fish fry that our Council hosts, brings tears to the eyes of those in attendance. One teacher actually used her funds to purchase a rug, so that her students would not have to sit on a cold floor.
Other teachers purchase learning tools for their intellectually challenged students. I bring my grandchildren with me to pass out tootsie rolls on some occasions. The experience provides bonding between family members and also teaches young children how to give of themselves in order to assist those less fortunate.

1 Mike H.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love that this charity is virtually zero overhead with 100% volunteer staffing. Best of all, the money stays local so you know who it's helping.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

As a member of the Knights of Columbus, I had the opportunity to visit the Caswell Developmental Center in Kinston, NC. I would recommend anyone to visit the center. It is heart breaking to see the individuals but very heart warming knowing the Knights of Columbus devote their time and money to the center.
As a past LAMB Director for my council, I have conducted many LAMB fund collections. I personally know how important the collections are for LAMB. As a LAMB Director I lead my council to be number in the State of NC. It was an honor I will always cherish because I know how much it means to the LAMB Organization. I continue to donate money to LAMB so that it will always help the less fortunate.
The LAMB Organization deserves more credit for their efforts to help the less fortunate.
God Bless!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome charity. Little administrative costs. You've seen us out there. Everyone is a volunteer. Funds collected go to local charities from where they are collected.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Fantastic ! Great to work with- Easy, Quick thinking, Tons of Volunteers

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When you find in your Heart the need to help a Child who can only say "Thank You" with a smile it brightens up your Day.
Helping a Child with Special Needs can tenderly touch your heart. Words can not express the Joy but sometimes the tears of happiness can melt your heart.
Volunteering with LAMB provides the voice for those who can not speak. The Schools and Agencies that accept the loving volunteers do so with pride and excitement.

Charles Bret C.

Donor

Rating: 5

Walter Joseph Carey must be repenting and asking for FORGIVENESS, HEALTH, and an ABUNDANCE for what MEDICAL SCIENCE did to me(CHARLES BRET) hos son in 1974 with a TYMPANIC MEMBRANE OPERATION.
The operation made me an Open System that is EXTEMPORANEOUSLY
MANIPULATABLE. This can happen with any OTOLARYNGOLOGIZED INDIVIDUAL.
With Ammendmet IXX of THE CONSTITUTION of the UNITED STATES of

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Children with mental handicaps need a lot of help. Unfortunately, our school systems can only give so much. Donating money to the local school system has a great impact - the teachers are so grateful for the financial help.

Attached is a Facebook post from Nichole Smith, teacher at Holmes High School in Edenton.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Each year, OP LAMB changes the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities. Their efforts have touched the lives of thousands over the years. Bringing a smile to those in need.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every year the LAMB foundation helps provide additional resources to special needs classrooms right in our own community! The teachers in these programs are better able to access furniture and teaching materials that are suited to meet their learning and behavioral needs. This continues to be a very important program that benefits everyone!

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been involved with Operation LAMB for over 15 years. I've watch it grow from giving to about 10 charities to over 40! The money collected goes to the teachers of Cabarrus County. The teachers send pictures of their students using the classroom supplies and trips taken (community based training) with the money donated from the funds of Operation LAMB. The teachers are very grateful for the funds and can't wait for the letter from the Knights to request funds each year. It is truly a vision to see the smiles on the faces of the students and teaches when they receive the funds. I truly believe we ere making a difference.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

This organization keeps all of its proceeds in North Carolina. In addition, 85% of all funds collected remain in the local community. All manpower is volunteer, so no overhead goes to cover salary expenses. If you know anyone with a special needs child, you know how much it means to see the community come together and provide support for education supplies, activities and skills training.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been familiar with the work of the LAMB Foundation for over 15 years and know of the people and organizations that have benefited from the support of LAMB. I have a family member with Down Syndrome and see the benefit that Special Olympics offers. Thank you to LAMB for supporting our local and state Special Olympics and Special Education classes.

1 Tom P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the best low cost charities in the country and the cause is worthy

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The LAMB Foundation of NC serves those who are truly in need. As a volunteer funds-raiser for almost twenty years I have seen and witnessed the generous financial support by people of all walks of life. With even being asked, people donate financially when they see that the donation is going to the LAMB Foundation.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

My son has volunteered for a number of years for this wonderful Charity.
All Volunteer, with 93% of the money they raise going to program support, helping those with intellectual disabilities.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son has volunteered for a number of years for this wonderful Charity.
All Volunteer, with 93% of the money they raise going to program support, helping those with intellectual disabilities.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I have visited Holy Angels in Belmont, NC it shows you how lucky we are to have good health. It also shows the love others have to help those that do not have good health. Thanks to organizations like this that we can support and see Gods work being done.
Ron Schumacher
Knights of Columbus

1 Chuck E.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have supported thuis Wonderful Ministry ever since I moved to the Charlotte Area in 2004. What a Wonderful way to give back to our Community and those most in need, the Least Among My Bretheren!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered to accept donations to L.A.M.B. organization for years. I stand outside a store, which always give us permission, and accept donations. When people understand who and what we help they give generously without reservation. I never need to "solicit" nor attempt to "talk people into donating".

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love the LAMB Foundation ! I am proud to be a part of their fundraising efforts and I get to see first hand the lives that are changed .

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Lamb Foundation has been so generous and helpful over the years because they truly care. They support the SPRED program and St. Matthew's Church with generous donations and attend the special masses we have.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with the Lamb Foundation of NC for over eight years, the first three years as a helper and the last 5 years as a director. What a rewarding experience it has been! I have met the nicest people and have seen firsthand the goodness and generosity of the public at large. Our work and the donations we collect mainly go to support those with intellectual disabilities. As a director, I have met many of the people we support, people with whom I would otherwise never come in contact. This experience has opened my eyes to the challenges some people have and has helped me to become a more caring person. I would not trade these experiences for anything.

1 Thomas W. L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

LAMB of NC is an amazing charity! Dedicated to raising funds for organizations assisting those with intellectual disabilities, including the Special Olympics, Allegro Foundation and Holy Angels, which provides specialized, round-the-clock care for children and adults with intellectual developmental disabilities and delicate medical conditions. LAMB makes a difference in so many lives and in so many ways!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Have volunteered and donated to this charity for a number of years - all volunteer, 93% of the money raised goes to help the differently abled - does not get any better than this.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An amazing organization. The LAMB Foundation recently hosted a number of local groups that assist those with intellectual disabilities at a Charlotte Knights Baseball Game!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have volunteered for over 14 years for this wonderful, all volunteer organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

For more than 15 years, the Lamb Foundation of NC has supported the Charles Lea Center's Landrum, SC group home for severely intellectually and developmentally disabled adults. Landrum is in the dioses with Tryon and Columbus, NC. The donation is used to buy Christmas gifts for the 16 residents and to celebrate the season with an event for clients, their families and staff. Given the extreme dependence on 24/7 care that the residents have because of their disabilities, trust between the families and staff is so important, especially for this group home. Through the years, Lamb Foundation donations have been used to purchase games and toys for the residents and outdoor items, such as a porch swing and gazebo to allow folks to enjoy being outside. The gentlemen who drop off the check each year seem so interested in the lives of our clients; they always want our folks to be home when they visit!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The NC Knights of Columbus support of Special Olympics North Carolina through the LAMB Foundation of NC is outstanding! The State Council along with many local Councils support SONC on the local and state levels with funding of approximately $100,000 annually while also providing tremendous volunteer support from Council members and their families and friends. We are so grateful for the support given year after year to support our mission to improve the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities through our sports and health & wellness programs.

2 workshopofdavidson

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Lamb Foundation has been a consistent supporter of our organization through the years. Their care and concern for the population we serve, those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is evident not only through their financial support, but through their overall interest in understanding how our organization impacts our participants. They truly seem to share in our success stories and take joy in playing a part.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Collecting donations side by side with the Teachers who benefit directly through grants made by the Lamb Foundation, is gratifying. The grants assist in equipping these Special Education Teachers with additional tools to help educate the very special students entrusted to them. Participation by the Teachers shows the importance they give to the success of the Lamb Foundation.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The L.A.M.B. Foundation Returns to Wallace

On Friday, September 9, 2016, eighty golfers descended upon the River Landing Golf Club to participate in L.A.M.B. ‘s 7th Annual Bill Lord Memorial Golf Tournament. This event, organized by the late Bill Lord, a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 12921, raises funding for Duplin County Schools’ Exceptional Children’s Program.

The L.A.M.B. Foundation of N.C., Inc. was officially incorporated in 1999. Operation L.A.M.B. is an acronym derived from the Biblical phrase from: Matt. 25:40 ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’

Since its inception, L.A.M.B.’s Bill Lord Golf Tournament has raised over $30,000 to purchase developmental equipment and programs which school budgets don’t provide. Last year, the Duplin County Schools’ Headquarters Staff sponsored a team and there were forty four players; this year, eighty players plied the River Landing Course. The tournament attracted several new corporate sponsorships.

“The school system is fully behind this fund raiser.” Said Cary Powers, Director of the Exceptional Children’s Program. “This is the best turnout ever and we are pleased that we had some generous corporate sponsors. We, at DCS, are committed to this event and I believe next year will be even better.”

Duplin Schools’ Superintendent, Dr. Obasohan welcomed the players as well as the five members of North Duplin’s Exceptional Children pictured in the photo. These students helped on the course by serving refreshments and snacks to the golfers at one of the refreshment oases located on the course. In the picture from left to right: James Powers, J.J. Vaca-Esparza, DCS Superintendent Dr. Obasohan, Timmy Davis, Cesar Matute Sosa, Hugo Menchu-Melchor and OCS Job Coach, Bob Sivori.

Huck Booz, Deputy Grand Knight of Council 12921 and Tournament Chairman, added. “I am grateful for my fellow Knights and their wives who worked tirelessly to arrange all the pieces of this event. Dedicated people behind the scenes always make for a successful event.”

Cary Powers continued. “We appreciate our Partnership with the Knights of Columbus. This year we received 27 requests for grants from DCS’ Exceptional Children’s Teachers.”

Huck Booz continued. “We are very excited with the response and the participation. This year’s tournament raised over $9,700. Given this success, we look forward to next year’s Bill Lord Memorial Golf Tournament scheduled for September 15, 2017.”


2 Tom_99

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been active in the NC LAMB operation for 10 years. We have raised over $ 44,000.00 during that time that has benefited many organizations in our local community.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great Organization will to help in many ways. The people they help are so thankful . Great Organization that helps the most needed. Sometimes you can see a little smile as a thank you. The Organization works very well with several statewide and local agencies. These Volunteers help from the Heart

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This foundation works to help people with learning disabilities. In our area they give grants to Special Education Teachers to purchase items that the School Board does not provide.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This nonprofit does great work in raising money for charities and facilities whose purpose is to assist the intellectually disabled. If you see a gentleman in a yellow vest handing out Tootsie Rolls in front of a store in North Carolina, he is most likely a volunteer collecting money for LAMB. Please put some money in his can - and enjoy the Tootsie Roll!

4

Former staff

Rating: 5

As a former staff member I am proud of the continued service to people with intellectual disabllity.

AngelO

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated to this wonderful charity for a number of years. The fact that a large percentage of the funds raised goes directly to program support is a real plus. Also they have a granular ability to identify local organizations in need, sometimes overlooked by larger Foundations.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first started volunteering for LAMB about 13 years ago and really received an eye opening experience when I visited Holy Angels in Belmont. Just seeing where some of the funds went and what the results of the funds were increased my desire to help raise money for LAMB Foundation. The donations that are given to SPREAD are an excellent reminder of the theme of LAMB of assisting the challenged individuals that are needing the most attention and assistance.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I first started to volunteer for the LAMB Foundation about 12 years ago. The more time that I spent helping and seeing first hand what their efforts accomplish and the impact on both those with intellectual disabilities and those that serve them made me a firm believer. One of the most impressive aspects is that it is an entirely volunteer organization thereby assuring the maximum amount of funds raised go to help the organizations that serve those with intellectual disabilities. My time helping the LAMB organization increased over time and I am now on its Board of Directors.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband has been volunteering for the LAMB Foundation for a number of years.

During this time I have had the opportunity to visit some of the facilities and programs they help support. The impact of the LAMB Foundation is impressive!

As the LAMB Foundation is composed entirely of volunteers, it is refreshing to know that almost 100% of the funds they raise go directly to support those with intellectual disabilities.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Through the Knights of Columbus I have volunteered for the past 12 years in various roles to assist this wonderful program.

As it is totally volunteer, fully 93% of the funds raised go directly to program support. What's more, with 130 Chapters across the State of North Carolina, they have the ability to identify local needs often overlooked by the huge Foundations. Also we continually see funding being reduced, rather than increased.

One of my favorite stories, recently at a check presentation to a local public school system, the head of the program came up to me and pointed out new lights in the ceiling. She pointed out that until recently they were florescent lights which some people with intellectual disabilities have a problem with. She said previously they could not obtain the funding to replace the lights - and without our support the problem would still exist.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

LAMB Foundation of NC has inspired me to give back and to love our handicapped brothers and sisters. Thank you Richard White for advancing this worthy charity to such new and great heights. God bless you.

2 Brewster D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The LAMB Foundation has been delightful to work with over many years. Its guidelines are concise and easily accommodated. Its emphasis on serving persons with intellectual disabilities exactly fits our agency's service mission and we feel fortunate to have this champion on our side.

The LAMB Foundation is run by a volunteer board so no funds are eaten up by costly salaries.

I can think of no instances in which I could not highly recommend the work of this foundation.