Programs - Variety - the Children's Charity of Wisconsin

Variety works with our donors and supporters to fund and deliver effective programs and provide grants to support our mission. Variety’s initiatives focus on these programs:

Variety Freedom Program – Our Freedom Program helps children with special needs gain mobility, confidence, freedom, independence and the chance to join in the life of their community by providing funding for specialized ‘adaptive’ bicycles, walkers, wheelchairs, therapeutic strollers and other devices to children in need.

Variety Discover Program – Variety sponsors free events and activities throughout the year that provide all children and their families a way to connect, discover new friends and socialize through fun, casual experiences. Thanks to the generosity of donors, sponsors and community partners, these activities and events are provided free of charge to Variety’s kids and families!

Variety Care Program – The Variety Care Program partners with agencies delivering specific supportive services to children with physical or developmental special needs and their families. Working together, we improve the health, wellness and quality of life for children. Through Care Program grants, Variety expands its reach to serve more children and families throughout the State of Wisconsin.

Chatter Matters! Communication Camp – Through a partnership with University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, graduate speech pathology students and other student volunteers and instructors host this overnight camp for children with special needs who use assistive communication devices and up to two family members, free of charge. Additional family members, including siblings up to age 16 are welcome to participate for an additional fee.


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Every family has a story to tell. Meet the children.

Durrell
Durrell

Durrell's adaptive bike gave him the freedom he needed to get active and play with his peers. READ MORE

Ebony
Ebony

Ebony is a high achieving teen with Arthrogryposis, juggling class work, an after school job and stage managing her school plays.  READ MORE

Everly
Everly

Everly is a sweet 7-year-old who yearned to join her siblings on bikes, even with a medical diagnosis that made balancing difficult.  READ MORE

Francis
Francis

Meet Francis, a rambunctious 4 year old born without legs or forearms. READ MORE