Jennifer, a Deaf nine-year-old from Florida, spent the day overcoming her biggest fear by slowly climbing up a 20-feet pole, unsteadily walking over an air bridge, and rappelling down a wall. When she reached the ground again, her broad smile was brighter than the mid-day sun.
“I did it!” she exclaimed as her campmates and counselors high-fived her. She then quickly turned to her new best friend and told her, “you can do it too! I’ll help!”
Jennifer is one of the many youth we’ve inspired over the past 50 years. How many more Deaf* youth are out there looking for connection and purpose?
While we are actively building leaders like Jennifer, we need your help to make our efforts go further.
We had a tough year of big challenges, including a major vandalism in late January, staff members backing out of their contracts a week before summer camp, financial loss at the annual Deaf Camp Benefit. We are currently struggling.
Like an arrow aimed at a target, it can only hit the mark by first being pulled backwards.
To improve our youth camps, we want to take steps to clarify what we do, why it matters, and show more measurable results. Currently renting spaces on-site through Airbnb, we will design new vocational programs for Deaf interns. We want to redirect our efforts in development. We will research where best to invest our resources of time, money and energy.
In order to be able to accomplish this, we are raising $100,000 to cover basic utilities and expenses for this year. We are also suspending programs that have been operating at a loss. This will allow our team to focus on changes that ultimately need to happen.
Can you support our efforts to do this work? Will you donate $100 today?
A financial gift from you will be tremendously helpful in our upcoming year of research, planning and some difficult decision making.
You can donate or offer other ways to contribute at aspencamp.org/renewal.
I would love to continue this conversation with you and keep you updated on the progress we make. Please consider your continued involvement in ways that are meaningful to you.
This is a critical time for Deaf* youth like Jennifer. Your continued support will move us forward.
We can make exponential impact together.
Marketing & Strategic Director
P.S. – Can you donate $100 to help us continue our research on where we can make the biggest impact?