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For Parents

BraveHearts aims to provide parents and families an opportunity for respite with the knowledge that your family member is in a safe, non-judgmental setting. We also provide parents and families with opportunities to share in your teen’s joy and excitement, and provide opportunities to be “in the audience” for performances and art exhibits.

He looked forward to each session with excitement, something he rarely expresses outwardly.


We enjoyed every minute. My son talked about his experience often afterwards. He was able to describe what he did to friends and family.  His self confidence was improved. It was a safe place to go. We are sad that it had to end for now.


Social interaction with one-on-one assistance because my child doesn’t know how to communicate to a friend. He needs practice and you provided that.


Their enjoyment and glee at having a fun shared activity with others, a rare opportunity to spend social time with friends outside of school and camp


Being able to socialize with people who “understood him


Watching my child come out of his shell, grin & participate, make eye contact & have fun



To Volunteer

BraveHearts helps student volunteers increase their

  1. comfort level around people with disabilities
  2. willingness to engage in communication with people with disabilities
  3. understanding of specific disabilities
  4. desire to be an advocate for improved policies, programs, and services for people with disabilities

I have never learned so much while I loved what I am doing, and I gained so much from personal interaction with these kids.


This experience is probably the best thing I will take with me when I graduate from Auburn- seeing how a few hardworking people can make such a difference.


It provided me the opportunity to see the person as an individual and not just a person with a disability. That is a wonderful gift I will take with me throughout life.


To Support

For more information on how you can support BraveHearts, contact:
College of Liberal Arts Office of Advancement
317 Biggin Hall
Auburn, AL 36849
Phone: 334-844-1483

By Credit Card

Quickly and easily make a gift of any size online at using Visa®, MasterCard®, American Express™, or DISCOVER® cards.  Be sure to designate your gift to BraveHearts.

If you prefer, the Auburn Fund staff can process a credit card gift via telephone. Contact a staff member by calling (334) 844-1142 or email to request someone call you about making a gift or to ask any questions you might have.

By Check

Please make your check payable to “Auburn University Foundation.” Also, please note your preferred designation, BraveHearts, on the memo line of your check.

Checks should be mailed to Auburn Fund, Attn: Gift Processing, 317 S. College St., Auburn, AL 36849.

Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)

EFTs, or monthly bank drafts, are a convenient way to support BraveHearts. Specify your gift amount (minimum of $15 monthly) and designation according to your wishes. To request the form necessary to begin an EFT or make an inquiry, please contact a staff member by calling (334) 844-1142 or email

Corporate Matching

Your employer may double or even triple your gift to Auburn University. Your employer’s Human Resources department can provide details and the matching gift form to include with your check.

Your gift to support BraveHearts through the Auburn University Foundation is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Auburn University Foundation is incorporated as an Alabama nonprofit corporation and certified by the Internal Revenue Service as a qualified charitable organization. Gifts to the foundation, listed in IRS Publication 78, Cumulative List of Organizations and described in Code 10(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, are tax deductible as permitted by law. The foundation has met certain standards and requirements of the Internal Revenue Service within the meaning of IRS Code Sec. 501(c)(3). The foundation’s Tax Exempt Identification Number is 63-6022422.