Little Rock, AR (November 2014) – Camp Aldersgate, Inc. has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. The grant will be used to construct a multi-purpose activity center.
Located on 120 acres in west Little Rock, Camp Aldersgate creates life-changing experiences for individuals with special needs. Camp Aldersgate, often referred to as a “home away from home” is the only camp in Arkansas uniquely dedicated to serving individuals with special needs. This outdoor oasis in the heart of Little Rock provides an ideal setting for its programs that aim to: strengthen personal and social development, promote healthy lifestyles, enrich communities, and foster environmental awareness.
Over the years the Reynolds Foundation has awarded grants in excess of $8.8 million to Camp Aldersgate. It was a Reynolds Foundation grant that enabled Camp Aldersgate to complete its new Master Plan. This plan builds on the remarkable camp already in place, strengthening the way Camp’s children, volunteers, camp counselors, staff and physicians, use the grounds, as well as improves the way the Camp is able to serve the community. A multipurpose activity building was identified as the most critical building needed in the Camp’s immediate future. This new gift of $1 million to construct the Donald W. Reynolds Activity Center will provide a critical indoor play area for year-round programming. This new Activity Center will be approximately 6,000 sq. ft. that contains a classroom for art and an informal recreational area for campers and participants of all abilities to enjoy activities such as beanbag baseball, chair volleyball, SNAG golf, shooting hoops, parachute games, dances or simply just hanging out together as a group. There will be wide decks overlooking the lake and the Camp’s natural beauty and even a shaded outdoor instructional space.
Sarah Wacaster, Camp Aldersgate’s CEO said, “There are few words to describe the impact the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation has had on Camp Aldersgate, our participants and our future. Since the Foundation’s first gift to Camp in 2005, we have doubled the amount of those served and created an even more remarkable place than we ever dreamed possible.”
Along with the grant, fundraising efforts will begin immediately to raise a minimum of $250,000 to establish a new Activity Center operating fund.
The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation is a national philanthropic organization founded in 1954 by the late media entrepreneur for whom it is named. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, it has committed over $450 million in Arkansas.