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Variety Children's Charity of Greater Kansas City

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Causes: Digestive Diseases & Disorders, Health, Pediatrics

Mission: Variety Children's Charity of Greater Kansas City provides children with developmental disabilities adaptive equipment and opportunities for activity and inclusion.

Target demographics: disabilities- kids

Direct beneficiaries per year: 100,000 kids

Geographic areas served: Greater Kansas City Area

Programs: Kids on the GO! Variety Future Kids Variety Freedom Variety Children's Theatre Catie Cares

Community Stories

67 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Olivia W.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I help out every year with there charity fundraiser show. Such wonderful people here and live their mission

Client Served

Rating: 5

Meet the Kids: Gunnar
Gunnar is a toddler just trying to do what all toddlers do...and that is, toddle around! Unfortunately, due to his physical challenges he cannot stand up and perform related activities on his own. However, with the help of a harness system at pre-school, he is been able to stand, take supported of steps, and rise from a sitting position. This will help tremendously in teaching him motor skills for walking, improving strength, improving balance, and allowing him to explore his environment. Variety KC donors have the biggest hearts and they made it possible for Gunnar to have a harness system in his home. Look out, there's no stopping him now. Help all kids to Be Active Be Social and Belong -

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When Variety KC picked up on a problem facing families, they decided to help by creating positive awareness.
A young Variety recipient, Catie, was frustrated by having to circle parking lots, waiting for able-bodied drivers to free up the disabled parking spots up front. This is particularly problematic for families needing the extra space to put down ramps for wheelchairs.
“We heard from Catie and her mother about this issue, and we wanted to help,” said Deborah Wiebrecht, executive director for Variety in Kansas City. “People and families with special needs rely on those spots, and we wanted more people to realize that those blue signs benefit a real person.”
Variety helped created parking signs that feature Variety Kids. Two years ago, Hy-Vee stores the Kansas City-area were the first to install the signs, located right beneath the legal “disabled parking” signs and the kind reminder, along with the youthful smiling faces, help to personalize the message.
The signs have a simple message: “Think of Me, Keep it Free.”
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Local police departments report that the number of tickets at these locations have dropped to nearly zero. Community members took notice of Hy-Vee’s support of Variety’s effort, and local schools began asking for them.
“Apparently the ‘park and run in for just a second’ issue is very prevalent in school parking lots, buildings that primarily serve children and families,” said Weibrecht. “It seems that the more signs that are posted, the more requests we get! We receive daily feedback that people have seen the signs and families have been approached by strangers thanking them for the raising awareness of this need and sharing that the signs have changed their parking behavior.”

Sommer W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Variety is AMAZING! I have volunteered multiple times and I love that you get to see the impact they are having on kids and family in the KC area!! You don’t just donate, but you get to see where that money is going and how it’s helping others!!!

Kendra Bryant G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Variety Children's Charities is one of the BEST charities in KC! They collaborate with many individuals and organizations in the community to make the biggest impact on children and families. Variety moves quickly, uses their resources wisely, and is as innovative as they come. As a community physical therapist, I am so grateful to have Variety as a resource for mobility, sociability, and inclusion!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Variety Children's Charity of Kansas City is a truly impactful organization making a huge difference in our local community. Through Variety's efforts, hundreds of local children now have the equipment they need to participate more fully in the world around them. Variety has also been working tirelessly to provide more opportunities for these families to be able to enjoy "normal" social activities with their special needs children - like building inclusive playgrounds, launching new group sports activities, and hosting events that welcome children of all abilities. These efforts are so meaningful to so many families and the community is really rallying around Variety to ensure these efforts continue and expand in the years to come!

Mandi Fraley S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We partner with Variety KC on the project Go Baby Go at the STEAM Studio. Our youth redesign and rebuild the mobile car for younger children with disabilities as part of a STEAM (science technology engineering art and math) activity. Then they get to present the car to the young child and family with Variety KC. Deb, from Variety KC is amazing to work with as her passion and positive energy for the families she serves is contagious! Our budding engineers get to see the impact they are making, all while learning more about STEAM.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Variety - the Children's Charity KC is the heart of the community through its inclusive programs and all abilities playgrounds, making is easy for all children to reach their potential and enjoy life to the best of their ability

Angelique B.

Donor

Rating: 5

Deb and her team do amazing work for the youth with disability community in Kansas City! Proud to support this organization’s efforts.

Amy Anderson M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Variety KC is a gem in the Kansas City community! An organization that supports families with special needs and helps kids of all abilities be included in activities at home, school, and in the community. From mobility equipment to communication devices to supporting kids in activities around town to helping families raise and nurture their kids to helping other organizations who serve children with special needs...the list goes on and on and on! Thank you Variety KC for all you do!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Deb is amazing!! I have volunteered with this charity many times and it's also so positive and fun!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great Charity helping local kids in need! Variety KC is a charity you can believe in.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Variety KC -Helping every Kid-be Active, Be Social and Belong!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Variety very graciously replaced the iPad and communicative application that was stolen from my nonverbal autistic daughter. I am so grateful. Now my daughter has an outlet to communicate with us again.

Laurie38

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am so honored to be on the board for Variety. The people that I have met through this board are all so kind, generous and love helping kids. Our Variety families are beyond amazing, and the most important superstars of all are our Variety kids. There is nothing better than watching "kids just be kids" through the kindness of all that Variety is about!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Watching my 5 year old learn to ride a bike has been such a joy this summer... I think it has to feel like what I feel like times thousands for the loved ones that watch our Variety kids get on an adaptive bike for the first time!!!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am blessed to have gotten to participate in some of Variety's many charitable activities through serving on its Board. Deb and everyone else involved in the organization are some of the most true and kindhearted people in Kansas City. Variety's work has allowed hundreds of children to have opportunities that they otherwise may not have had. I have seen, first-hand, the way that Deb and the rest of the Variety team has transformed and improved the families of these lovable children. Thanks to Variety for making KC an even better place to live.

Sheila63

Donor

Rating: 5

I have attended, as well as volunteered at Variety KC Events. The money raised goes for children with mobility needs in the Kansas City area. When you see the smile on the face of a child who is provided with a wheelchair, walker or trike, and is able to move and participate with others...your heart melts.

Bob_97

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have attended several of their events. I have seen first hand the excellent job they do.

Donor

Rating: 5

I attended the City Slickers Ho-Down event at Drumm Farm last fall and it was such a well-organized and fun event for my kiddos, and all kiddos alike. I plan to attend this every year for my family. They support several charities and positive organizations that make life better for a lot of families.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a fantastic charity! I'm so happy I've had the opportunity to serve on the Annual Hoedown Committee with Deb. She puts her heart and soul into serving the families in KC! Make sure to follow them on Facebook--I love seeing their updates on my newsfeed!