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Indy Meetup Photo Club Message Board VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES › Handicapable Camp

Handicapable Camp

A former member
Post #: 15
To members of the IMUPC: The following is a note sent to me from Liz Hausser, a fellow member of the Indiana Photographic Society. If you're someone who's been looking for an opportunity to volunteer your photography skills for a good cause, please give this some consideration. If you'd like to check out more about the activity, visit http://www.handicapab...­ ... On that page, there is a prominent link to photo albums assembled from last year's volunteer photographers, which will give you an idea of the kind of stuff pictures they provide for these adults and their experiences at the camp.

Joe, following is some information about Handicapable Camp, which is to be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Sept. 9, 10, & 11. We're in need of volunteer photographers to work the Camp.

Here's the pertinent information:

Handicapable Camp is held at Bradford Woods (Martinsville) and provides adults living with disabilities a weekend camp experience. The photography part, basically, is to record each camper at each activity. Ultimately, the images will be put on the Handicapable web site for viewing and possible ordering
of prints.

See for camp information and pictures from the 2010 Camp.

The most urgent need is for 6 additional photographers on Saturday, 9/10. 8:00 - 4:00. So far, there are 2 signed up for all day; 1 maybe for all day/maybe for only 1/2 day, and a couple of maybes. And me, who usually moves around as needed.

Eight photographers (total) working all day would be ideal; but it is also possible to divide the day: someone work with a particular cabin group in the morning; a second person take over at lunch time.

The Saturday routine (8:00AM to 4:00PM) is to introduce each photographer to campers from a given cabin during breakfast or just after; then the photographer stays with that cabin group throughout the day, moving by bus from one activity area to the next. The idea is to get pictures of each camper doing each activity as the day progresses.

"Cabin pictures" are group pictures of the campers and counselors from a given cabin, and are needed by mid-afternoon on Saturday. They can be taken just about anytime - from right after breakfast or at a time when the group is having to wait for a bus.

Handicapable provides us with meals. Last year those of us who stayed for the Saturday evening entertainment went into Mooresville for supper; Handicapable would have fed us if we'd stayed there, though.

Besides daytime Saturday, there are other photo ops that weekend:

Friday, 4PM-about 6PM - cover the incoming sign-up activities 6:00 or 6:30 supper; after supper: a dance (with DJ) - finishes up around 9:30.

Saturday evening after supper: entertainment at the amphitheater

Sunday morning (about 7:30 - noon): breakfast, full group picture at the amphitheater, followed by a worship service (at least one photographer is needed this morning).

Ed Boda, our contact at Handicapable, would like for each photographer to go through his/her pictures, select only the best images and make a CD (which I can collect to give to Ed) within 2 or 3 weeks after the Camp.

Please respond as soon as possible if you can volunteer for this - it's a "people photography" event if ever there was one.

Thanks for considering participating in this event.

Liz Hausser
earlnliz at

Carol T.
Group Organizer
Mc Cordsville, IN
Post #: 33

I think this is a fabulous idea...!!! The Indiana Photographic Society ("IPS") has offered up several great events for our membership already this year...such that this would be an excellent event for us to repay some of that hospitality.

Being handicapped is not an easy task, as it isn't something that comes today; and tomorrow, it's gone. Most of those handicapped live with their disabiities all their lives...doing and trying to make life the best they can. Some cases of disability are degenerative...meaning that their disability will not get better but continue to get worse.

This is just one little day of the year we're asked to assist to make someone else less fortunate happy. I had other plans...but I think this is such a worthwhile thing to do for one's fellow man...that you can count me in for a full 8 hour day.

I hope others in our membership have a heart big enough to do the same; to put your personal wants and needs to the side on this day...and think about the needs and happiness of those who look to you with envy, knowing they'll never be able to achieve the same.. These are "real" people...wanting to have a great fun-packed day...and we can make that happen!!!
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