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.
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.
I will never forget the first time I met Warrick Dunn. He came to the Atlanta Falcons Football Club as a Free Agent to meet with Head Coach Dan Reeves in 2002. He had to walk through my office to get to Coach Reeves' office and as he got to his door, he backed up, came to my desk, extended his hand and said "I'm Warrick Dunn". From that day, he has been one of my all time favorite Atlanta Falcons players! For the next 6 years I was able to experience up close what a marvelous young man he was and still is! He is everything a mother would want in a son and I have always thought his mother is looking down from heaven and smiling at his many accomplishments both on and off the football field! One of my saddest days was when he was released from the Falcons, but I am oh so happy now that he is back as a limited partner with us.
The work that the Warrick Dunn Family Foundation has done over the years in allowing 101 single parents to own their own home speaks for itself. I am proud to say that I am a supporter and donor to the Warrick Dunn Family Foundation, and look forward to the day I retire from the Falcons so that I can become a volunteer for this great young man's Foundation!
Executive Assistant to Head Coach
Our family has donated money and volunteered for this wonderful organization. We have also had the opportunity to witness the Homes for the Holidays presentation. The presentation is amazing and the families are so overwhelmed by the kindness of Warrick Dunn and his amazing staff.
We will continue to support the Warrick Dunn Family Foundation!