Welcome to Variety of Illinois

Kids on the Go" provides support for children and their families in the form of durable medical equipment (adaptive bikes and sports wheelchairs) that they cannot afford or are denied by their health insurance and is the focus of our "Build-A-Bike" campaign!

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Our new 2016 MOCKINGJAY Variety Gold Heart Pins are now available in movie theatres nationwide, thanks to the dedicated efforts of our Sponsors and U.S. Variety Tents.




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One good deed can change the world! Lionsgate has collaborated with Variety - the Children's Charity to create limited edition pins featuring the fourth film in the studio's blockbuster franchise, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2," which premieres November 20. Proceeds from the pins, which are for Variety's 26th annual Gold Heart Campaign, will benefit Variety of Illinois programs that provide life-enriching equipment and experiences to children who have a disability right here in Illinois.

The collector's item will be available for a minimum donation of $3.00 in movie theatres and select retail outlets nationwide from November 2015 – March 2016. A full list of participating locations can be found at at www.usvariety.org/gold-hearts/

The mission of Variety of Illinois….

is to improve the quality of life for children with disabilities by providing the equipment and experiences needed to reach their highest potential. This is accomplished through programs such as Kids on the Go that provides mobility equipment not covered by insurance for children with physical limitations and Live to Achieve that encourages excellence in adaptive sports. Through a network of 43 chapters in 13 countries, Variety envisions a state where all children can actively participate in their communities and experience the joys that come with being a kid.

Variety Programs

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Kids on the GO!

KIDS ON THE GO! SPORTS MOBILITY PROGRAM To apply to this Program, click here to Fill out the Application It's a beautiful day for a bike ride. Placing one foot on the right peddle while you push off with your left is as natural as sneezing. For the able bodied, once you mastered how to ride a Read more

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Variety at Play

Samuel R Let’s talk about Sammy! He is a fun-loving happy little boy, who happens to have Down syndrome. Sammy benefits from all that Lekotek has to offer and his mom, dad and sister always join in on the fun. Before attending individual play sessions at Lekotek, Sammy’s attention span was very Read more

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Live to Achieve

Click here to read The Program cover letter Variety the Children's Charity of Illinois believes every child should have access to lead a full, active life. As such, the non-profit organization has launched Live to Achieve, a groundbreaking grant program that enables children with disabilities in Read more

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2016 MOCKINGJAY Variety Gold Heart Pins

Our new 2016 MOCKINGJAY Variety Gold Heart Pins are now available in movie theatres nationwide, thanks to the dedicated efforts of our Sponsors and U.S. Variety Tents. One good deed can change the world! Lionsgate has collaborated with Variety - the Children's Charity to create limited edition pins Read more

Variety Partners Programs

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The Chicago Park District Adaptive Day Camps

Variety supports the Chicago Park District's five week-long adaptive day camp programs for children and youth with disabilities. The camps offer hundreds of children with a range of physical and cognitive disabilities the opportunity to try sports, art, and music in an inclusive, accepting Read more

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Variety at Play

Samuel R Let’s talk about Sammy! He is a fun-loving happy little boy, who happens to have Down syndrome. Sammy benefits from all that Lekotek has to offer and his mom, dad and sister always join in on the fun. Before attending individual play sessions at Lekotek, Sammy’s attention span was Read more

Dare2tri Summer Camp Photos

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