September News 2016
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Good Works Farm September News 2016

Happy Autumn!
Autumn is my favorite time of the year.  The temperatures get cooler (or they're supposed to), there's pumpkin everything, festivals, and bonfires!  It's also the time of year when summer activities wind down and holiday activities haven't yet kicked into gear.  It's a chance for us to catch our collective breaths.  Ahhhhh.....
Although you haven't heard much from us since before camp started, we've been very busy gearing up for the next phase in our strategic plan, and we're super excited to share some exciting news with you in this newsletter!  Mark your calendars and plan to attend our upcoming events, join a committee or two, donate for a raffle, or buy some eggs!  Every little bit helps.  Our goals are big but with your help, we can make them happen! 
Enjoy your autumn and that hot apple cider!
Nancy Bernotaitis
Founder/Executive Director
Riddle:  Who helps the little pumpkins cross the road to school?

Answer:  The crossing gourd!  hahahahaha!
October 5 11a-1p Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Kick-off, Nutter Center
October 22 10a-2p  Make a Difference Day, Camp Clean Up
November 19 6-9p Pre-Black Friday Quarter Auction, Payne Recreation Center
NEW! Good Works Farm has formed a Self-Advocacy Council comprised of some of our members, age 13-19 who have a special need and their typical siblings.  The goal of the council is to self-advocate for the type of setting they will someday wish to live in, the services they desire, to explore various careers, to have fun socially with one another, and to volunteer in the community.  Their first activity as a group will be at Make a Difference Day on Oct. 22.  They will also be selling refreshments at the Quarter Auction on Nov. 19 to raise funds for their council activities.  Please come out and support their efforts!
We are looking for volunteers to serve on a committee, solicit donations, or to help with upcoming events!  You can do a little or a lot!  Whatever fits in to your schedule.  Please check out the list below and let us know where you wish to help!
Fundraising Committee - schedules and implements fundraisers to support our mission
Donation Solicitors - asking businesses and vendors for donations for our upcoming auctions/raffles.  DONATIONS NEEDED FOR NOV. 19 QUARTER AUCTION!!!
5K Walk/Run For their Future Committee - organizes and implements our annual 5K
Gala Committee - Date has been tentatively set for Feb. 10, 2018 for our next Gala.  Plenty of time to put together a wonderful evening!  But we need help!
Day Camp Committee - Gina, our amazing Day Camp Coordinator, is looking for committee members to oversee various aspects of our Day Camp, which we hold each June in Bellbrook. 
If you can help, please email or call Nancy @ 937-825-7470 and we'll get you connected to the right Chairperson!  :)
Good Works Farm Summer Day Camp Highlights Video 2016
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What did our participants have to say about camp?

Sweet testimonial from a volunteer buddy :

hi its Susanna,
I loved camp and i loved the attitude everyone had towards the campers. Having a sister that is special needs can sometimes give you weird looks but at camp everyone was so devoted to the campers it was amazing. Thank you for all the effort you put into the campers and thanks for allowing me to help.

*My boys both loved camp! We will do it again next year for sure! It was a great way to get them out of the house in nature and away from screens. P loved the fishing the most (shocker). I asked H what he liked best and he said "everything, I can't choose". I really think there are fun things to do for kids with all different interests and personalities. P is more active and isn't as into craft type activities. H likes both but he really enjoyed the wood working and games. Everyone who volunteered their time was very nice. I thought it was great to have young adults there to be more "friend like" with the campers. Even though P has anxiety around animals he still wanted to go every day so obviously everyone made him feel comfortable.
One of the things I loved about camp was the dye-free snow cones! Both my kids react to artificial colors so it's great that they could enjoy something that's really good and not have to worry about that. Good works farm camp is a wonderful experience and I'm so glad they went!

Dear Farm Camp!
I just want to thank you for a 2nd wonderful year of camp. It's hard these days to find something so good and wholesome. Such pure fun. Memories that these kids (& volunteers) will treasure all their lives. This is one thing that, as a mother, I treasure to have found for the kids. All 5 of them have had an amazing experience. Even the "teenager" has had smiles and stories every day about the kids he's met; which for a teen that is glued to his phone most of the day, has been an amazing thing to see.
We, as a family, would like to be involved in helping keep this camp going for a long time!
Please let us know if there is anything we can do over the year! God bless you all!!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for putting this together. A special thank you to Cory for bringing the animals here and being the kind of guy that travels with a donkey & even stops for ice cream for him.

I wanted you to know how much we appreciate this opportunity for *our son to participate in your Summer Camp. He has loved the fishing (he caught his first fish ever today!), woodworking (such cool stuff-- and the black squirrels here in Glendale are most thankful for today's feeder), animals (we LOVE the goats), games (he now knows what playing volleyball feels like), and the music (he showed us how he learned to move... definitely rocking it tonight). Your efforts at creating a place where he feels at home brings joy to us.
Thanks again,

A Letter to My Autistic Son About Where You Will Live as an Adult

Our CFC # 42520
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