1st Annual "I AM SPECIAL" --SW Florida

May 10, 2014, Sanibel Community House, Campers, Family/Caregivers invited to preregister with Jesi Cason Trailways Camp Coordinator!  jesicason@goodwillswfl.org

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    Who is eligible?

    We do not require, or select campers, based on a diagnosis, type of disability, or other characteristic.  All adults with a disability are eligible to apply.  The provider will match resources, staff supports and activities to each individual selected as part of a diverse pool of participants for each particular camp/retreat.  


    Is there a population priority?  

    Adults over the age of 18, living with family or a caregiver in need of respite support are a priority population.


    How much does the Robert V. & Benjamin G. Miller Fund spend on administration? 

    100% of donated dollars are used for direct services.  All administrative and development activities for the Fund are completed by volunteers at no cost to the Fund.


    What is a provider organization? 

    Non profit organizations apply to be a provider. The Founders select organizations that have the ability to hire and train qualified staff, develop a program of meaningful activities, are able to work as a team with the site director and able to meet health, safety and quality standards.  One or more providers may be selected for funding, and different providers may develop program activities with different themes or focus.


    How long have camping experiences been provided through the Fund?

    The first camp was held in May 2007.  Since that time 16 camp sessions have been funded.


    What is the cost for a camper? 

    Campers share costs based on their ability to pay.  Most are very low income and are unable to pay. When sponsorship is unavailable from other sources the Fund scholarship's the cost. A small, non refundable, application fee is charged for each camper. Costs will vary based on the number of days in the camp/retreat session.


    What is the source of money for the Fund?

     The Fund receives dollars from the Miller family, devoted friends, followers, and many donors with interest in providing these experiences for adults with special needs. Donations are received throughout the year. Two funding campaign events are also  held each year--1.  The "I AM SPECIAL Disability Challenge". This is a birth day celebration featured by backyard events/fundraisers and an online request for donations during a selected month.  The month concludes with a reunion of campers and volunteers at a birth day part hosted by the Founders.  2.  The second fundraiser is the on line Holiday Campaign that runs from November 1 through January 31 of each year.