OUB no longer charges tuition for camps other than a nominal $25 registration fee. Scholarships are no longer needed. However, WE NEED YOUR HELP finding funds to continue providing the wonderful camps you have come to expect from OUB.
Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind is a private non-profit organization that is solely dedicated to helping children and young adults who are blind or have low vision build life skills, self-confidence and independence. Parents and guardians should understand that a camp like ours, with a nearly one-to-one camper to staff ratio, is very expensive to operate. OUB would very much appreciate your willingness to attend a meeting of a supporter of OUB Camps, such as a local Lions Club, to express in your own words how much our camps mean to your child and your family.
Your local Lions Club, Michigan Parents of Children with Visual Impairments, Michigan Department of Education (for those who qualify), or other local social service club may also assist with transportation funds for your child to attend camp. You will need to contact them EARLY, as many clubs do not meet in the summer.
Lions Clubs of Michigan
Many Lions Clubs of Michigan have helped support Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind. Many towns in Michigan have clubs. You can help us by contacting your local club and asking if you can share your experience with OUB Camps with them. To find one near you, go to the Lions International website.
Michigan Parents of Children with Visual Impairments
Michigan Parents of Children with Visual Impairments has generously supported families with funds for camps and transportation for many years. In addition, MPVI has their own events and Facebook page, and membership can be very helpful to your family. Please consider contacting them to support OUB. If you would like to visit their website, please use this link.
Letter of Inquiry
A letter of inquiry is written to someone who may have funds to help support OUB Camps. The first place to start is your local Lions Club. Their primary mission is to serve people in need, but early in their history Helen Keller encouraged them to be the “Knights for the Blind”.
Other philanthropic organizations that might be willing to help us are:
Your church, synagogue, or house of worship The Knights of Columbus
The Kiwanis The Rotary Club
Optimist Clubs Moose Lodges
Here is how to start your letter:
Name of the person you are writing to (if you know someone, or have a name to send your letter to)
Company, organization or bank name
Dear Sir or Madam (or the person’s name, if you have one),
My name is______________, and I am a blind (or low vision) student at ____________School. I am working hard at school to learn the special skills I need to be an adult in the world today, but it’s hard to get the time I need to learn everything, like cooking and how to organize my things. I also need time with others who are like me.
There is a special camp in Grand Rapids, Michigan that can help me and others who are blind or visually impaired. It’s called Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind (OUB). They offer some really great camps during the summer, when I have more time to spend on learning how to do things as a blind person. They have a lot of staff people there who are also blind or visually impaired, and that helps me feel like I can learn new things and be successful.
OUB Camps is available to campers for almost free, but it takes a lot of money to operate. It would be great if your club (or organization) could support Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind. OUB is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and any donation may qualify for tax exemption.
Attending OUB Camps is really important to me, and it will help me be successful in the future. Please help OUB continue to offer these camps. I would be happy to come to a meeting of your organization to talk about my camp experience and what I learned.
For more information about OUB Camps, please look at the website, www.oubmichigan.org, or call Gwen Botting, Executive Director, at 989-855-2430. You can contact me at: