Helping disabled citizens was the focus of this past quarter’s community commitment efforts by NetEffects and our generous and caring staff. This quarter, support went to the following organizations:
• Sherwood Forest Camp, where NetEffects was one of the sponsors of its Blue Jean Ball, the camp’s annual fundraiser. The camp, a non-profit United Way agency founded in 1937, teaches essential life skills through camp experiences and programs to children, primarily from disadvantaged families. Campers learn as they grow at camp to respect all people and the environment, build strong relationships, take personal responsibility, solve problems cooperatively, resolve conflicts peacefully, and be positive leaders through service to others.
The camp is nestled in a hollow on 487 acres, just 100 miles south of St. Louis, in Lesterville, Missouri. The terrain offers the opportunity for kids to explore forests and meadows. It has a spring-fed Ozark river, a 15-acre lake, creeks, a mud cave and a 1,000 foot mountain. Its facilities include cabins, a dining hall, a multi-purpose building, health center, outdoor chapel, swimming pool, the Tango Tower (a giant climbing challenge), a teams-challenge course, an archery range, campfire circles, and the program barn where crafts, woodworking and outdoor living skills are taught.
Last year, Focus St. Louis presented Sherwood Forest Camp with its, “What’s Right With The Region” Award for being one of the St. Louis area agencies committed to improving racial equality and social justice.
For more information visit: www.sherwoodforestcamp.com.
• Rainbow Village, where NetEffects was a participant and donor of their 12th annual auction and dinner, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow 2008” to raise funds to house children and adults with developmental disabilities. Additionally, we donated a painting to be sold in the auction.
Rainbow Village, also a non-profit organization, provides safe, comfortable and affordable homes for 225 disabled people in 46 group homes they own and care for throughout the region in Bridgeton, Ballwin, Chesterfield, Creve Coeur, Hazelwood, Florissant, Olivette, Maryland Heights, St. Peters, St. Charles, Overland, Crestwood, Mehlville and St. Louis County. Their goal is to allow people with developmental disabilities to live in the community, be part of a neighborhood and enjoy their lives to the fullest.
For more information, visit www.rainbowvillagestl.org.