We provide financial support that empowers Western MA families and individuals with different abilities to meet their unique needs.
Thanks to generous friends, TEAM WILLPOWER is matching the first $2,000 donated on Valley Gives Day! What a great opportunity: for every dollar you give, WillPower Foundation will receive TWO!
Co-Founder Maria Burke shares WillPower's origin story:
Our son William was born with a rare brain malformation that requires him to use a wheelchair as well as many other pieces of equipment or therapeutic services. As we have traveled this path, we learned that insurance often only covers portions of these things, or nothing at all. Our family and friends wanted to help Will, as well as other families who are affected by these challenges in Western Mass. In 2007, the WillPower Foundation was born to address these issues for families by providing financial support as easily as possible without extensive bureaucracy.
Since then, $70,000 has gone to over 100 families for items or services such as battery packs for communcation devices, hippotherapy, specialty summer camp experiences, sensory and behavior therapy and even compression stockings!
Some testimonials include:
It is very tough having a child with autism. Economically it's difficult as well. Many of their needs are not covered by insurance, or you have to travel far distances to get services. WillPowerhelped us by paying for some sensory therapy that will help my son with his delays and challenges. You are a blessing…. thank you for caring and making a difference in our lives!
I can't begin to express what your donation meant to my daughter. She loved every moment of her therapeutic horseback riding. The camp not only helped her meet her physical goals, but it helped her make significant strides in her confidence. Having Cerebral Palsy can be a burden to her because she sometimes feels different, but camp gave her hope. She told me that she felt "comfortable" at camp. It is difficult for us to see our daughter struggle with the constant demands of her physical disability. This process gave her so much joy and self-assurance. What a gift! Please know we won't forget your kind gesture. Thank you again.