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Welcome to Variety of Illinois

Variety – The Children's Charity of the United States is an association of 23 chapters throughout the country that empower local kids who are disabled and disadvantaged to live, laugh and learn. With the help of dedicated volunteers and generous individual and corporate supporters, Variety - The Children's Charity is able to expand the horizons of deserving children through three core programs:

Variety – The Children’s Charity is dedicated to promoting and protecting the health and well-being of children around the world

1.-Variety aids children with physical challenges

whose families cannot afford, nor obtain through insurance, necessary mobility equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, strollers, specially-designed adaptive bikes, and other mobility devices.
US Variety – The Children’s Charity Variety provides funding for the equipment that helps them not only exercise and grow stronger, but also helps them engage with family, friends and classmates to become confident, independent, active members of their communities!


2 .- Variety helps children who are disadvantaged

and want to experience the fullness of life. Variety takes them out into their communities for special excursions that are usually taken for granted – to the zoo, museum, skating rink, library, concerts, amusement parks, the circus, and fun-filled events like fishing, film festivals, special movie screenings and annual holiday party!

3.- Variety supports other local initiatives

to benefit the children of your community, such as children’s hospitals, camps, boys & girls clubs, after school programs, literacy programs, educational scholarships and arts programs.

Variety Programs


Kids on the GO!

KIDS ON THE GO! SPORTS MOBILITY PROGRAM 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 two-wheel bike, you never thought about these mechanics Read more


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


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

Variety Partners Programs

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Gold Hearts

2013/2014 Gold Heart Pin Campaign Have a Heart and the Force Will be with You, Always Lucasfilm Ltd. has collaborated with Variety the Children’s Charity to create limited edition pins featuring Yoda and Darth Vader for Variety’s 24th annual Gold Heart Pin Campaign.  Proceeds will Read more


Hands Together, Heart to Art

Variety—the Children's Charity of Illinois is pleased to support Hands Together, Heart to Art initiative for children who have experienced the death of a parent. From its inception in 2004, Variety gives its financial assistance in the spirit of providing for the health and well being of all Read more


The Chicago Park District on Adaptive 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 extremely accepting Read more


National Lekotek Center

                   The National Lekotek Center, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, provides an array of services to improve the lives of children with special needs through the utilization of toys and play. LEKOTEK CENTERS offer therapeutic PLAY-based family sessions for families Read more