Non-Profit/Support Resources

Non-Profits/Support

Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania Linking families of children and adults with disabilities or special needs

Autism Support Groups in PA – List of ABOARD’s Autism Connection Support Groups in PA by county with contact information.

PA Autism Pennsylvania’s leading source of autism-related resources and information.

The Peal Center   The PEAL Center is an organization of parents of children with special health care needs and disabilities reaching out to assist: Families of children with disabilities or special health care needs, Professionals and others who assist children with disabilities or special health care needs, Children, youth and young adults with disabilities or special health care needs ages 0-26.

Variety – The Children’s Charity  Variety enables children with disabilities to live life to the fullest and to no longer be left out or left behind.Variety’s signature program is its “My Bike” Program, which provides adaptive bikes individually customized to eligible children with disabilities. Parents have repeatedly told us that these bikes are creating extraordinary impact – and giving children the joy, freedom, and belonging that comes with a bike.

The Woodlands  The Woodlands is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children and young adults with disability and chronic illness. Using its fully accessible and barrier-free facilities, the Woodlands’ programs enable participants to experience social, cultural, environmental, recreational and spiritual growth. Serenely nestled in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, the Woodlands’ 32-acre site features: an indoor heated pool, 48-bed lodge, dining hall, creative arts and computer center, activity center, camping area, sports court, nature trail, amphitheater, and a par-3 adapted golf course. The Woodlands sponsors a variety of programs and is also available year-round to other organizations that serve individuals with special needs.

MDA – Fighting Muscle Disease  If you or someone you love is affected by neuromuscular disease, please know that you’re not alone. The entire MDA community — staff, physicians, researchers, sponsors, clinicians, donors and other families living with these disorders — is working to provide help and hope for the journey.

Jeremiah’s Place will protect children and strengthen families by providing a safe haven of respite, health, renewal, and support for children and families during times of crisis. We strive to serve as a leading voice for child abuse prevention thereby transforming the community into a place that is safe, stable, and loving for all children.

Jameson’s Army is a non-profit organization raising awareness on Congenital Heart Disease (CHD). It was started in 2012 by Co-Founders, Danielle and Patrik McKain. Their son, Jameson, has battled CHD for the past 36 months. It was during a routine ultrasound when the McKain’s learned that their unborn son was missing the left side of his heart and through the love and support of family and friends, an army was formed in honor of Jameson and those living with CHD. The focus of Jameson’s Army is to support children and families affected by CHD and those who support them. Some of the benefits provided by the money raised include care package drops to the heart center at Children’s Hospital and delivering cough pillows to comfort patients after surgery and help in their road to recovery.

Grady’s Decision, a 501c3 non-profit organization, was created to present a glimpse of God’s love to families experiencing premature births as well as those families with children needing specialized medical attention. We serve as a beacon of hope through prayer, words of encouragement, gifts and acts of kindness. Grady’s Decision provides an avenue for people to donate and assist these family members during this difficult and emotional time. Assistance is case managed based on need. Grady’s Decision can assist with parking costs, food, housing near hospitals and transportation needs. Ultimately, our organization meets the needs of families whether they be financial, emotional or spiritual.

Zachary’s Mission Zachary’s parents helped families with the immediate needs that occurred during their child’s hospital stay. Many of the requests were specific and they were happy to deliver gift cards for gas or groceries, Christmas and birthday gifts or money for bills. The Vince family understands what it is like to have a sick child and to not know what will happen minute to minute. They want their gifts to bring comfort and hope to families at a very difficult time.

We work with doctors, nurses, social workers and patient care coordinators to identify families with a need.

Mended Little Hearts is a program of the Mended Hearts Inc., a non-profit, volunteer-based organization providing hope, help and healing to heart patients and their families since 1951. The Mended Little Hearts program works nationally and in communities to support children with congenital heart defects and their families.

Parents in Toto Our vision is to create a comfortable, welcoming environment where parents, diagnosed individuals, families, and friends can gather socially, educationally, and spiritually without judgment or prejudice. By collaborating with local professionals and agencies under the direction of a parent of a young man on the autism spectrum, the center provides support and products related to autism spectrum disorders and related conditions generally not available elsewhere in one location.

Cerebral Palsy Guide is a small group of professionals with a desire to educate and help people with cerebral palsy. That’s why they created Cerebral Palsy Guide, to provide a trustworthy, caring resource for families and individuals affected by this disorder. The people working behind the scenes on the Cerebral Palsy Guide have strived to create an easy-to-use, informative website that provides solutions for families. It is their hope that Cerebral Palsy Guide can help parents of children with cerebral palsy find peace, healing and happiness.

Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition (PPCC) is a volunteer group of professionals, parents, and community members who provide information and resources for families with children with life-limiting conditions.