Giving Tuesday Reaches $30k Goal
Thank you to our families and supporters for helping us to reach our goal for Giving Tuesday! Our 13 acre, Via West Campus provides special needs camping services to thousands of children and adults each year through our Via West and Altitude programs, and after 60 years, some of the physical facilities are in desperate need of improvement. Our goal was to raise $30,000 to renovate and shade our campfire circle - a beloved gathering place perfect for working on independent living skills like socialization, outdoor eating, and more.
Currently, the wooden benches and picnic tables are splintering and beyond repair. Our biggest concern is the lack of shade given the hot and sunny climate. The heat and bright sunshine can be daunting for many of our participants and it is dangerous for those with cerebral palsy and other conditions that impair their ability to control body temperature.
The funds raised will allow us to remove and replace the existing benches, resurface the campfire circle area so that it will be safe and wheelchair accessible, install accessible picnic tables and benches, build a pergola to provide necessary shade as well as a framework for vines, and establish a drip irrigation system to nourish the shading vines.
Work on the new campfire circle is slated to begin this spring with expected completion by the start of our 2016 summer season.