Camp Blodgett wrote -
Did you know that Camp Blodgett turns 95 this year? That’s right, starting in June, we’ll be celebrating our 95th Birthday all summer long! And we are so excited to be kicking off our 95th summer by participating in the Art Van Charity Challenge!! We applied this spring and are already so honored to have been selected to compete against other great charities serving children, health, and human services in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana. The organization that raises the most during the Challenge period (May 18th to June 22nd) will win the $100,000 grand prize donation from Art Van!
We know what you’re thinking… Yes, we are one of the smaller organizations competing in the challenge. Yes, our goal of raising $200,000 is a BIG goal. Especially in such a short time frame. (Note: The cost of supporting one child for a week of summer camp is roughly $400, and our goal of $200,000 is what’s needed to support all 500 campers at Camp Blodgett this summer!)
But listen up, folks: WE CAN WIN!
Surely, you’ve heard the saying, “Small organization… Big heart!” And that is exactly what we have. We have a HUGE heart for kids. Actually, our 95-year history means that we have THOUSANDS of huge hearts!! And “we” means YOU, too! Because if you are reading this page, we know that you or someone you are close to has been affected by Camp Blodgett in a BIG way. Whether a counselor, camper, parent, volunteer, young leader, donor, staff member, or someone who is just learning about Camp Blodgett – all of our hearts grow BIGGER when we come TOGETHER for something bigger than ourselves.
And if just 100 of you sign up to become individual fundraisers, and each person raises $2,000 (that’s five “camperships”), we will reach our goal of $200,000 in no time!
So here’s the challenge: if Camp Blodgett has played an important role in your life, or if you want to be a part of having a BIG impact on the lives of kids in West Michigan, JOIN OUR TEAM AS AN INDIVIDUAL FUNDRAISER. All you have to do is click “Fundraise for this Campaign” on this page, and you will be guided through a quick and easy set-up for your very own fundraising page! And don't forget to set a personal fundraising goal! How many awesome kids will you send to camp this summer (1 campership = $400)? By reaching out to your friends, family, and network of supporters as an individual fundraiser, you’ll have an even BIGGER impact.
If for some reason, you cannot fundraise for our “Dream BIG with Camp Blodgett” campaign, please contribute as generously as you are able by clicking the "Donate" button. Every donation is an investment in a child’s life, and every donation makes a difference, no matter how big or small.
Then, please tell at least one person about what we do. Here’s what we do in a nutshell (to make it easier for you to spread the word, feel free to cut and paste!): At Camp Blodgett, we encourage kids to dream BIG through life-changing summer camp experiences and year round leadership programs. We believe that ALL kids should have access to these kinds of opportunities, regardless of their families' ability to pay. Our leadership programs are entirely free and summer camp is offered on an income-based sliding fee scale, meaning that 90% of our kids attend a week of summer camp on the shores of Lake Michigan for $40 or less.
Wondering what Camp Blodgett looks like through a child's eyes? If you haven't already, watch our video above. Smiles guaranteed:)
Thanks so much for checking out our Art Van Charity Challenge page!! We hope that you will choose to dream BIG with us!
If you have any questions or comments, email Erica Czaja at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you!