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Summer 2019 Letter from the President

Updated: Mar 28

The Timber Pointe Foundation Partners with Timber Pointe Outdoor Center to Take Campers to New Heights!

The Timber Pointe Charitable Foundation recently funded an expansion of the Center’s challenge course to include both a slant and a vertical climbing wall, an additional zipline and a fully accessible “giant swing” that allows participants to soar over 30 feet in the air above the lake’s shoreline!

These exciting new elements will provide opportunities for individuals of all ability levels to experience an increased sense of accomplishment and independence that will stay with them for a lifetime! The Timber Pointe Charitable Foundation continues to further Timber Pointe’s mission of ensuring that all participants are 100% included and 100% empowered!

Matching Grant Supports Tim Dawkins Nature & Outdoor Education Center Renovation

In 2004 memorial funds contributed to honor Tim Dawkins, a past Timber Pointe Outdoor Center Counselor and amazing volunteer, were utilized to equip a nature and outdoor education center at the edge of a wetlands area at Timber Pointe. Tim began his involvement with Timber Pointe as a camper affected by epilepsy and a hearing impairment. He had a special interest in nature and environmental education. Tragically, Tim suffered a fatal seizure while traveling to Timber Pointe to volunteer during a college break. Funds from Tim’s memorial were used to outfit the Center with displays, printed and audio resource materials, hands on exhibits, games and teaching aids.

Seven years ago vandals damaged the building housing the Center and destroyed or stole nearly all of the Center’s contents.This spring, the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation awarded a $1,000 grant to be used in partnership with the Timber Pointe Charitable Foundation to restore the Tim Dawkins Nature andOutdoorEducationCenter. We are counting on the generosity of Foundation donors to provide an additional $3,000 to purchase educational materials and displays. Volunteers have already committed the labor to repair the facility. If you would like to contribute to or provide the entire funding needed simply go to and click the donate tab or complete the enclosed donation slip and note “Tim’s Nature Center” on the form.

Funded by the Timber Pointe Foundation, a new automated gate will greet campers and families this season while providing a heightened level of security and accessibility.

Timber Pointe Outdoor Center Highlights

Timber Pointe’s Winter/Spring season hosted two weekend camps free to families that have a child with a disability. Over twenty families and 100 individuals from McLean, Vermillion, Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Champaign, and Ford counties attended!

Timber Pointe Outdoor Center hosted an Open House on May5th. More than 200 guests enjoyed hot dogs, games, activities, and an opportunity to learn about Timber Pointe’s mission and the unique resources and programming afforded children and families in our Central Illinois community. It’s not too late to schedule a personal tour for your family or organization - call the Center at 309-365-8021.

Timber Pointe will again host the Bloomington Kiwanis Club’s Camp Limberlost. Limberlost is the oldest continuous resident camp in the State of Illinois and the oldest continuous project in all of Kiwanis International. The program for youthages 8 through 10 offers a flexible, nutritious, and enjoyable camping experience,emphasizing positive social interaction through involvement in a variety of activities. Timber Pointe is excited at the opportunity to serve the local community and provide a meaningful and often life changing camp experience.

The Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation based in San Francisco, California is the world’s largest patient organization focusedsolely on myotonic dystrophy (DM), and after a national search has chosen Timber Pointe Outdoor to host its first ever campfor Juvenile Onset Adults (Camp JOA). Fifteen individuals with Myotonic Dystrophy will be coming from across the county to attend a four night camp experience. It’s Another Action Packed Summer Camp Season for TimberPointe Outdoor Center. Back to back overnight camp sessions include...

  • June 2-7: Camp Limberlost

  • June 9-14: Camp HOPE (St. Jude Peoria-Pediatric Oncology/Hematology sponsored by the Dax Foundation)

  • June 16-21: Wilderness Endeavor and Fun Zone (children and adults with brain injuries-Brain Injury Association of Illinois

  • June 23-28: Camp COCO (SIU School of Medicine-Pediatric Oncology/Hematology)

  • June 30-July 5: Camp Night Owls and Illini Lodge 17 (Easterseals’ Timber Pointe camp for children and adults with disabilities)

  • July 7-12: Muscular Dystrophy Association (youth with muscular dystrophy-MDA)

  • July 14-20: Camp Rock (Easterseals Timber Pointe Camp for youth with a disability; focus on performing arts)

  • July 21-27: Camp Horizon (Adults with disabilities-Association of Horizon)

  • July 28-August 2: Camp Discovery (Easterseals Timber Pointe Camp for youth with cognitive/developmental delays)

  • August 4-8: Camp JOA (Adults with Myotonic Dystrophy-Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation)

  • August 5-9: Camp Takoda/Pathfinder (day camp for youth with autism-McLean County Autism)

  • August 6-9: Camp Thresholds (At-risk youth-Thresholds Chicago)


Timber Pointe Foundation donors have several gifting options...

Unrestricted gifts, Gifts designated to support specific current initiatives, Gifts to the Foundation’s general endowment fund, Gifts to a named fund within the general endowment fund, Named funds to honor an organization, family, or individual. Gifts to the Foundation can be made by simply going to our website: and clicking on the “Donate” tab. You may also send your donation by mail addressed to:

Timber Pointe Charitable Foundation

P.O. Box 233 Bloomington, IL 61702

For more information, please click on the “Contact Us” tab on the website, or visit by phone.

Increase Your Gift to the Timber Pointe Charitable Foundation...and Your Tax Deduction with One Simple Strategy

Make a bigger impact by donating long-term appreciated securities, including stock, bonds, and mutual funds. Compare with donating cash, or selling your appreciated securities and contributing the after-tax proceeds, you may be able toautomatically increase your gift and your tax deduction. Simply contact your financial advisor or the Timber Pointe Foundationto make your gift or for more information. THANK YOU!

The Timber Pointe Charitable Foundation was established as an independent 501 (c) (3) organization in 1996 for the sole purpose of securing funding and resources in support of development and operation of facilities and programming at Timber Pointe Outdoor Center. The Foundation has no paid staff and is governed by a local board of directors comprised of various community and business leaders. Accordingly, 100% of foundation funding is dedicated to the improvement and support of Timber Pointe’s facilities, programs and services. Please visit the Timber Pointe Foundation website at to learn more about the Foundation and the amazing way Timber Pointe Outdoor Center is enhancing the lives of children and adults with special needs.

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