TBAF Excited about Expansion of Let’s ALL Play Program
The Bubel/Aiken Foundation (TBAF) is excited to step forward to expand its Let’s ALL Play Program. For the summer camp season of 2008, TBAF seeks to support 100 recreational programs in implementing inclusive camps by providing a program model, funding, and training. Programs will participate in a grant process to receive funding. TBAF is looking for quality programs like the ones they have worked with to develop the Let’s ALL Play model. To check out the grant process, please click here.
In order to provide the financial backing to these programs, TBAF is looking to its current volunteer and support base for innovative ideas that will increase awareness and help raise the necessary funding. The Foundation will participate in efforts to expand awareness beyond our donor base to people that are not aware of the message of inclusion and the programs of TBAF. Corporate sponsors are also being sought as a key element of support and visibility for inclusion.
Dedicated volunteers and supporters are already busy at work with various projects to support the Let’s ALL Play initiative. In the true grassroots spirit, volunteers are seeking to raise awareness and money through can recycling, scrapbooking, social gatherings, and selling items such as watches, lanyards, key chains, and stuffed animals. To see all the fundraising possibilities, click here.
TBAF will work to update supporters through email newsletters. The first newsletter release is targeted for August 15. If you would like to receive the newsletter, click here and register. If you would like to learn more about becoming a Voices of Beta Alpha volunteer, click here.
Let’s ALL Play helps to bring an inclusive recreational experience to children with disabilities. It gives children with developmental disabilities the same experience as those without. Children with disabilities and their peers who are typically developing come together to participate in recreational activities such as swimming, arts and crafts, community service, physical fitness and more.
The goal of Let’s ALL Play is to assist organizations that serve children nationwide in moving toward full inclusion. In 2004, the inclusive recreational experience for children with and without disabilities was instituted by the Foundation in collaboration with the summer camp programs run by the YMCA of Greater Kansas City; the West Cabarrus YMCA in Concord, NC; and the A.E. Finley YMCA in Raleigh, NC. The Foundation has also worked to expand age reach with a preschool pilot program at the Hobart YMCA in Indiana. Through the pilot program phase, TBAF worked with professionals in education, recreation, and camp administration to develop a model that worked. Recreational sites now have as a resource tested, successful, comprehensive program model supported through TBAF’s training module.
TBAF looks to create communities where ALL children can learn, live, and play together. With 100 camps in 2008 implementing Let’s ALL Play, TBAF will take a big step toward that goal. It is with the continued support of dedicated volunteers and the assistance of new supporters TBAF will make this possible. Many thanks!