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January 2024 Letter from the President


Dear Friends,


I am sometimes asked about the difference between Easterseals’ Timber Pointe Outdoor Center and The Timber Pointe Charitable Foundation. Simply put, the Timber Pointe Charitable Foundation is an independent 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization separate and distinct from Easterseals. The Foundation was established in 1996 by volunteers with the primary objective being to generate and manage funds to support critical capital improvements at Timber Pointe Outdoor Center. Today Foundation Board members continue to manage initiatives and resources on a volunteer basis.


A few weeks ago, our leadership met to conduct the Foundation’s Annual Meeting of the Board and to celebrate the successful completion of a major 3 year phased project. Thanks to the support of our donors and a partnership with the Woods Foundation, miles of loose rock and mud roads, paths and walkways have been expanded and paved to provide safe, accessible and independent access to the Outdoor Center’s lodging, program areas, medical and safety facilities! So, what’s next? The Foundation has secured an additional matching grant from the Woods Foundation to transform a group of decades old cabins in response to a rapidly growing need for family support programs at Timber Pointe Outdoor Center. For nearly 50 years a cluster of one room cabins have been sparsely furnished with bunk beds to house campers and counselors during the summer months.


In recent years the Outdoor Center has been challenged to meet the growing need for family oriented programming and supports for families affected by disabilities and special needs throughout central Illinois. Additions and improvements to these very basic and aged cabins will provide appropriately private, comfortable and accessible housing complete with heating and air conditioning, accessible rest room and showers enabling year round respite,

support programs and retreats designed to include and engage all family members. Projected costs for the initiative are projected to be $260,000 to $300,000.


As we look to 2024 we are committed to supporting Timber Pointe Outdoor Center in addressing their mission to provide inclusive and adapted programming that meet the needs of individual campers and their families.


If you would like to help simply go to the Timber Pointe Foundation’s Facebook page at

www.facebook.com/TimberPointeFoundation and click on the donate button. You may also donate via Venmo at www.account.venmo.com/u/timberpointefoundation or by mailing your gift to:


Timber Pointe Foundation

P.O. Box 233 Bloomington, IL 61702.


Thank you for your interest and support and all the best to you and yours in 2024!


Sincerely,

Don D Rood, Jr

President, Timber Pointe Foundation Board

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