Charitable giving is a hot topic this fall, with more and more organizations seeking support leading up to the holiday season. The Warren Center, a nonprofit agency providing professional evaluations, therapy services and support to children with developmental delays and disabilities seeks assistance from the community to continue serving more than 1,000 children each week.
The community can help The Warren Center by participating in the following activities:
- Attend a Fundraising Event – Help serve children with developmental delays and disabilities by sponsoring a table at one of The Warren Center’s premier fundraising events.
- The next fundraising event hosted by The Warren Center will be the annual Fantasy Football Draft Night event held on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. The annual event is going virtual this year, but will provide fun competition with the opportunity to help children with developmental delays and disabilities reach their full potential. For more information about upcoming events and services, please visit www.thewarrencenter.org.
- Amazon Smile – Shop on smile.amazon.com and 0.5% of your purchases will be donated back to The Warren Center! Simply select The Warren Center as your charity of choice when you sign up at Amazon Smile.
- In-Kind Gifts – The Warren Center will accept donations of goods and services, and other gifts, ideas, and resources that help us serve the children and families that need our services. Community members can support their mission by offering their time, talent, or treasure.
- Kroger Community Rewards – Visit Kroger.com’s community rewards program to learn how you can link your Kroger Rewards card to give back to The Warren Center.
- Tom Thumb’s Good Neighbor Program - You can help your favorite charity when you shop Tom Thumb and use your Club Card/phone number. Visit tomthumb.com to link The Warren Center’s account number to your individual Loyalty account and your purchases will credit the organization’s account.
- Create a Birthday Fundraiser on Facebook – Two weeks before your birthday, you will see a message from Facebook in your News Feed, giving you the option to create a fundraiser for your birthday. You can create a fundraiser for any of the 750,000 US nonprofits available for fundraising on Facebook. Your friends will receive a notification inviting them to support the cause in honor of their friend’s special day. For more information about birthday fundraisers visit, facebook.com.
- Make a Donation on North Texas Giving Day — Communities Foundation of Texas’ North Texas Giving Day is an 18-hour online giving event designed to empower every person to give back to their community by supporting local nonprofits and causes they care about in one easy-to-use platform. This year, the 12th annual North Texas Giving Day will be held on Thursday, September 17, 2020. To support The Warren Center on North Texas Giving Day, visit northexasgiving.org/thewarrencenter.
The Richardson-based nonprofit provides therapy and support for over 3,000 families every year. Each day, the need for services continues to grow. The CDC estimates one in six children have intellectual or physical disabilities or delays. In Dallas County alone, over 102,000 children have a developmental disability. The period between birth to five years is a time of rapid development. The earliest possible intervention is critical due to the accelerated brain development during these first years of life. Early childhood intervention programs have been shown to yield benefits in academic achievement, behavior, educational progression and attainment, and labor market success.
Before the pandemic, The Warren Center staff traveled to 48 zip codes and more than 1,000 homes each week to serve children in need. The nonprofit’s offices also served more than 200 children on-site for clinic-based services. Providing physical therapy, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, and social support is essential to help children with disabilities reach their full potential.
When shelter-in-place orders were issued in early March, The Warren Center pivoted its offerings to give clients HIPAA compliant virtual therapy sessions to help families stay home. Virtual appointments ensure children do not miss therapy sessions, their progress is not hindered, and parents still receive the help and support they need. With teletherapy, children can receive convenient, quality therapy services that they need from the comfort of their own homes. Virtual therapy sessions take place through a tablet, computer or smartphone. The Warren Center is using the WebEx platform to ensure security and privacy for each session. Unfortunately, for some families served by The Warren Center, they are unable to access teletherapy services and online learning because they do not have the technological support required to get online.
“Sponsorships, fundraising from events and everyday purchases from Kroger, Tom Thumb and Amazon are just a few ways folks can help support programs for The Warren Center,” says Amy Spawn, CEO of The Warren Center. “Thanks to the generous support of our community, we are able to further our mission and expand educational programs and services such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, developmental services, nutrition, family education and support for children with developmental delays and disabilities."