For children, summer is the season for freedom. No school, no homework, and at summer camp, no parents. But summer camps are expensive, and for families of special needs children, often unaffordable. SuperSchade’s Foundation has made it their mission to help with those expenses.
A mission for empowerment
SuperSchade’s Foundation was founded in August 2013 by James R. Schade, Jr, whose work as a Special Care Planner with MassMutual made him aware of the limited summer camp opportunities for special needs children due to financial difficulties.
Working with local businesses, the non-profit helps decrease the cost of summer camp for children and young adults with special needs. SuperSchade’s wants to “provide a summer camp devoted to empowering individuals to become as independent as possible,” and “to assist in providing a better quality of life for all individuals regardless of ability.”
This year, SuperSchade’s Foundation is hosting an eight week summer camp program focused on assisting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities with various life skills, such as independent living, employment preparation, and social interaction.
Putting the ‘fun’ in fundraising
SuperSchade’s annual golf outing, started in 2013, is just one of many fundraisers that the organization hosts to fund their programs. The event will take place on August 6th at the Heather Downs Country Club, with a shot gun start at 1:30pm, concluding at 6pm with a dinner, cash bar, a raffle, and awards.
Throughout the year, a variety of other events are offered by the organization. This past spring they hosted their 2nd annual Bowl-Off.
SuperSchade’s also offers Sensory Friendly Family Movie Nights throughout the year. Sensory Friendly movies generally have a lower volume and are presented with lights brought up, to allow for a more comfortable environment for children with special needs.
If interested in donating to SuperSchade’s Foundation,
or learning more about their upcoming events,
please visit superschades.org