Leaves & Dreams Annual Giving Campaign 2020 - to benefit Bornhava

Bornhava Needs Your Help

We know that 2020 has not been easy for anyone, but if you’re able, we’d like to ask for your support. Just like you, we’ve had to adapt and find new ways to do the things we do because of COVID-19. Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions and protocols, our new normal comes with reduced funding—along with many additional expenses that Bornhava (a 501c3 nonprofit) did not have previously, and is not compensated for.

This year, funds raised from our Leaves & Dreams campaign will go toward Bornhava’s much needed COVID-19 pandemic relief as we continue to navigate our way through these difficult times. We thank you for your support—however you’re able!

What kind of financial impact has COVID-19 had on Bornhava?

Bornhava is not reimbursed for the disinfecting procedures, supplies and equipment needed to adhere to COVID regulations.

This totals as much as $2,000 per month.

COVID restrictions have capped our integrated program enrollment at 27 children—which usually totals 38. Despite this, we are required to maintain our staffing levels to meet our classroom ratios.

Nearly a $33,000 decrease in funding per month.

Bornhava is not allowed to provide in home services to children during the pandemic.

A loss of nearly $15,000 per month.
How we're handling COVID

After the abrupt shift to remote only services in March of 2020, Bornhava worked diligently to create our re-opening plan. Created under the guidance of regulating agencies, our plan adheres to and often exceeds recommended COVID protocols. In September, we welcomed our staff and children back—in person—5 days a week, while providing remote learning and support to those children and families with health concerns. We’re proud to say that it has been a great success so far— with no positive COVID-19 cases among staff or children.

Some of the precautions we’ve taken include:

  • We have installed wash stations and regularly purchase Personal Protective Equipment and supplies to comply with re-opening guidelines. Supplies require frequent replenishment.
  • To limit the number of children that we have in our common areas, we have implemented measures to  separate our rooms and create extra spaces for our therapists.
  • We have sectioned off play areas of our playground so that each classroom has a different area each day.
About Leaves & Dreams

In 2004, a Bornhava alumni parent learned that county funding cuts threatened the high- quality education and services that Bornhava provided. Determined to help, she decided that action was necessary to not only supplement the lost funding, but to help enhance and grow Bornhava’s programs into the future. She wanted to ensure that other children would enjoy the many benefits that her daughter had while attending Bornhava.

Since it was founded 16 years ago, the Leaves & Dreams giving campaign has done just that. From the addition of art and music programs, to therapy and playground equipment, staff development and building maintenance— Leaves & Dreams continues to make a difference each year.

About Bornhava

For more than 36 years, Bornhava has provided therapeutic and educational services to over 10,000 children, birth to 5 years old, with developmental disabilities. Whether at home, at our main campus, or at one of our 4 integrated locations throughout Western New York, Bornhava’s nurturing, play-based approach helps to provide the foundation for differently-abled children to thrive and grow into valued members of the community.

However, it’s not all about the kids. Through our family services, Bornhava provides unique and beneficial opportunities to their families, too. From parent and family counseling, and parent workshops, to parent-team conferences and men’s and women’s groups—we help families navigate the challenging moments and often confusing obstacles in their lives—together. To us, everyone that walks through our doors is part of our family.

At Bornhava, we see amazing things happen every day—and we’d love for you to be a part of it. Thank you for your interest in supporting us and for helping to further our efforts through your generous gift.

Other Ways to Help


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LEAVES2020” to 44321


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please call: 716-839-1655


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We thank the following individuals and organizations for their generous support of our 2020 Leaves & Dreams campaign:

NYS Senator Tim Kennedy - 63rd District
The Market in the Square
Kevin Re Lovullo - Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Matrix Imaging

25 Chateau Terrace,
Williamsville, NY 14226

Bornhava  •  25 Chateau Terrace, Williamsville, NY 14226  •  716-839-1655  •  bornhava.org