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Our History

Formed in the Coachella Valley in 1987, Variety – The Children’s Charity of the Desert is dedicated to promoting the health, mobility, independence and social inclusion of special needs and disadvantaged children throughout the Coachella Valley. By providing life-enriching assistance to Coachella Valley children, Variety hopes to help children experience all the joys of childhood while growing to become confident, independent and free to access all that the world has to offer. Variety – the Children’s Charity of the Desert, is a chapter of Variety – the Children’s Charity, an international charity with more than 40 chapters around the world. Formed in 1928 in the Sheridan theatre in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania by a group of 10 show businessmen to help children in need, Variety is one of the oldest and most comprehensive children’s charities in the world. 

Our Vision

Our vision is that all children, regardless of ability or income, are able to actively participate in their communities and experience all the joys that come with being a kid. We believe that all children should have support to reach their full potential. 

Adaptive Equipment

Standard Bikes

Books for Students

Vans in the Community

What Drives Us

Our Mission

Variety - the Children’s Charity of the Desert, is dedicated to promoting the health, mobility, independence and social inclusion of special needs and disadvantaged children throughout the Coachella Valley.

Testimonial

Ezekiel C.

Ezekiel will be 3 years old in July. “We received a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome and it was confirmed a few days after birth. He was born with low muscle tone, hypotonia and failed his hearing first 3 tests. He started therapy twice a week and worked really hard to meet his milestones. He currently has met most of his milestones. We use play to practice his interventions. He is funny, curious, charismatic, loveable, he loves to dance, give high fives and kisses. This bike will help with his self-confidence and independence. He mimics his sister Esmeralda and wants to do the things she does. This will bike will allow Ezekiel to continue to work on strengthening his coordination and muscle strength. Ezekiel has an infectious smile and I can’t wait to see him ride his bike. Thank you.” – Yadira, Ezekiel’s mom

 Our Board & Staff

Variety – the Children’s Charity of the Desert is a passionate group of local business leaders who give their time, resources and energy for the benefit of special needs and underserved children throughout the Coachella Valley.

Jerry Upham

President

Marc Lodovico

Vice-President

Steve Haro

Treasurer

Rosie Casals

Secretary

Cathe Collins

Board Member

Barbara Klein

Board Member

Rebecca Rizzo

Board Member

Kara Robinson

Board Member

Maurice Trudell

Board Member

Bill Williams

Board Member

Heidi Maldoon

Executive Director

Young Variety

Young Variety is a group of young professionals (21+) who connect and network with others who are also committed to enriching the lives of children. Young Variety is focused around social awareness of the needs of Coachella Valley children through mixers, events, and opportunities to serve children. We have a great time, meet new people, but most importantly, contribute something meaningful to children.

To learn more about becoming a part of Young Variety email variety@varietyofthedesert.org

Variety Volunteers

Our dedicated Variety Volunteers make it possible for Variety – the Children’s Charity of the Desert to assist special needs and underserved children throughout the Coachella Valley. Volunteer opportunities are available at our annual and special events as well as in fundraising, marketing, and at our office. 

Contact us at variety@varietyofthedesert.org to find out how you can become a Variety Volunteer!  

 

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