|by Beth Fitton|
If you were to ask me what an "ordinary" day is like at CAMP Rehoboth, my first reaction would be, "What's ordinary?" I don't think I've seen it yet! Part of the reason, I know, is that we have been so caught up in packing, moving, unpacking and organizing. Those activities would not be part of our ordinary "day at the office" routine. Another part of the reason is that the volunteers that help us at CAMP take us away from a commonplace, run-of-the-mill day. They bring us their stories, their baked goods and their garden vegetables. AND they bring us joy! They connect with us and become part of our lives.
Actually, as hard as the CAMP staff works, we could not accomplish all that the community has come to expect without volunteers. During these past few weeks, as we prepared to move from 39 to 37 Baltimore Avenue, our volunteers were there. They helped us pack, move boxes, landscape, run an auction, sweep, vacuum, run errands, mail Letters, find supplies, do carpentry, run the Rehoboth Beach Library book sale, and do two different two thousand piece mailings. They took time out of their routines and the whole community is better for their efforts. Not only did their efforts help in a concrete way but also the greater community's perception of CAMP Rehoboth is enhanced.
I mentioned two mailings that CAMP sent out during the past two weeks. One was to the Black and White Beach Ball, which is a "sell out." The second was to our general mailing list asking that those members of our community get involved as contributors to the Founders' Circle. (This is the last year to be listed as a member but you can still take five years to complete your pledge.) The response has been heart-warming! We received everything from $500 pledges to be paid at $10 a month to $15,000 pledges. We are all so grateful that each of the contributors has made a gift that is significant for them. You know, as well as I do, that if you make a significant donation to a cause in which you believe, you feel connected, a part of the real substance and mission of the organization.
Our sincere thanks to those of you who have become recent members of the Founders' Circle, upgraded your original pledge, or paid your pledge payment. Our current totals stand at 387 members pledging $870,585.77 with $588,199.92 paid.
It's not too late! Use the form here and join us. It's an investment in our community, plus a great tax deduction. CAMP Rehoboth is a 501(c)(3) organization and contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. I guarantee you'll become a part of a truly extraordinary experience. The CAMP Rehoboth Community Center is a reality and will grow with your support.
Pledge Form available in PDF format HERE
Beth Fitton, CAMP Rehoboth Development Director, may be reached at 302-227-5620 or e-mail email@example.com.
LETTERS From CAMP Rehoboth, Vol. 15, No. 6 June 3, 2005