The Lindley’s Alliance (501c3) mission is to generate funds and awareness to benefit special needs youth in our community. Several organizations and media partners unite with Lindley’s Alliance for Disabled Youth to help individuals with disabilities in our local community live their best quality of life. Donations through our charity to organizations including The Meyer Center, Children’s Miracle Network, Special Olympics and more create miracles by promoting inclusion for people with special needs. We support funding life saving care and research, providing FREE dance classes through Shock Dance Center and educating others on the importance of seeing the possibility in every disability. All of this leads to one goal of saving and improving the lives of as many children as possible each and every day.
Lindley has raised over $200,000 for organizations that support special needs youth in the community.
— A Note from Lindley:
“My charity is something that I hold very dear to my heart. It all began with a dream to one day change the world for disabled youth. My brother Brock and my sister Brantley were both born with Fanconi Syndrome which causes mental and physical disabilities. Seeing all of the tremendous obstacles they’ve overcome inspired me to want to help other children and their families whose lives have been impacted by disabilities. I formed L.A.D.Y. Bugs Across America, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, to raise awareness, funds and hope! My dream is to help people understand that disabled individuals truly want to be treated as any other person would. They want to fit in and be given the respect that they deserve. My hope is to change their disabilities into possibilities and help them live the most enjoyable life imaginable. I hand paint small river rocks and transform them into Ladybugs giving them a home for donations with all proceeds benefiting the special needs community. Thank you for joining me in making this possible!”
Words can Hurt
Hi, my name is Lindley Mayer and I have two precious siblings. My brother Brock and sister Brantley both have intellectual and physical disabilities. I grew up hearing people call them hurtful names like “weirdo,” “freak” and of course the R-word, “retarded.” When I was a little girl, I felt so helpless—I didn’t know what to do. Today, I realize that I wasn’t alone and I have the voice and power to make a difference! There are many children (and adults too) who are living with that same pain right now. With fundraising efforts through my 501(c)3 non-profit organization, L.A.D.Y. Bugs Across America/Lindley’s Alliance for Disabled Youth, and my awareness campaign, Change Your Words/Change The World, I’m helping to change language and in turn, change attitudes toward not only the disabled but anyone who is perceived to be “different.”
Shock Dance Center & Meyer Center Ladies
Lindley is thankful to be able to provide dance classes for special needs students in the Upstate through her dance studio of Shock Dance Center hosted by Lindley’s Alliance and sponsored by Dabo Swinney’s All In Foundation. She is thankful to have the support of the Clemson community and especially Dabo and Kathleen Swinney. Lindley’s Alliance is also the presenting sponsor for the Meyer Center Ladies.
The mission of Lindley’s Alliance is to generate funds and awareness programs in partnership with our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Countless individuals, organizations and media partners unite with Lindley’s Alliance to help individuals with disabilities in our local community. Donations to our organization create miracles by promoting inclusion for people with special needs, funding life saving care and research, and educating others on the importance of seeing the possibility in every disability. All of this leading to one goal of saving and improving the lives of as many children as possible each and every day.
How Can You Help?
- PLEDGE — Take the pledge to become more aware of your language and CHANGE your hurtful words to those that are kind, helpful and respectful.
- DONATE — Here on my website you can donate with PayPal to help fund my organization which supports Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and programs to promote inclusion. Thank you for helping us raise over $200,000 dollars for our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital so far!
- NOMINATE — Do you know a student who is doing something great? Through my Change the World Champions program, I recognize random acts of kindness or participation in programs that promote inclusion and respect.