Changing Children's Lives
For more than forty years, Charlie LaVallee has advocated on behalf of the underserved and at-risk populations – especially children. Currently, he is the Chief Executive Officer of Variety – the Children’s Charity. Variety’s mission is to provide children with disabilities with unique programs, experiences, and equipment, so they may live life to the fullest.
He has worked extensively to raise awareness in the community of the issues of uninsured children and adults, grieving children and their families, children with special health care needs and their families, children who have been physically and/or sexually abused and children who have experienced homelessness. Moreover, he has mobilized the community around these issues and has created and developed successful programs and services to serve these populations.
As CEO, Charlie launched Variety’s “My Bike” Program, an initiative to provide adaptive bicycles to children with disabilities, so they can experience the joy, freedom, and belonging that comes with riding a bike. In addition to providing adaptive bicycles, Variety also provides adaptive strollers, communication devices, and hosts social inclusion events for children with disabilities and their families.
Charlie will share with us how Variety can make a difference in not just a child's life, but helps enhance the lives of families.