Girls happily reading their books - at Orchard Place Des Moines

Variety - the Children's Charity Grant will Impact Children's Health


Thanks to a $25,108 grant from Variety – the Children’s Charity, outdated playground equipment at Orchard Place Campus will be replaced by swings.

Did you know that a swing can help kids who are struggling with their mental and physical health do amazing things?

“Youth who have experienced trauma often feel dysregulated, confused, and overwhelmed,” said Amber Rand, LMHC, IAADC, Vice President of Orchard Place Campus. “Youth may over-react or under-react to various noises, sensations, sights, tastes, touch and more. Many of them find the smooth rocking and swaying of a swing a relaxing and calming way to play. Plus, they may be able to concentrate and focus more effectively during, and after, a trip to the playground.” Swinging also gives kids a better sense of where their bodies are in ‘space’ and in relation to their surroundings.

Kids and Campus staff are eagerly awaiting the installation of the new swings which is anticipated to happen in the spring. 

About Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa

Variety - the Children’s Charity is dedicated to improving the lives of children who are underprivileged, at-risk, critically ill or living with special needs. Grant funding is provided to programs and initiatives that directly impact the well-being of children. 

For more information on Variety grants and programs please visit