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    August 19, 2021

    Giving that Works for You!

    Written by: Bianca Hernandez, Development Associate

    Support from people just like you has allowed Camp Aranzazu to remain resilient through the years and even in the face of large-scale damages following Hurricane Harvey and last year’s cancellation of in-person camping in the midst of a global pandemic. Even though cash gifts continue to be one of the most popular ways our donors choose to support Camp Aranzazu, there are many ways to tailor your giving experience to find the option that is right for you.

    Gifts of securities/stock transfers

    Many times, a gift of appreciated assets allows donors to give more generously than if they’d simply given cash which would make an even greater impact on our mission and the campers and support staff we will serve this year.

    Gifts of appreciated assets provide potential tax benefits to donors whether or not you itemize deductions. Help us know who to thank for such a tremendous gift by emailing Kate at katep@camparanzazu.org when you are ready to begin the process of donating appreciated assets. We can share all necessary brokerage information at this time.

    Secure your legacy today

    One of the most powerful ways to support Camp Aranzazu for years to come is through a gift in your will. A legacy gift is a great way to ensure Camp Aranzazu remains accessible to children and adults with special needs and chronic illnesses and continues to provide a unique form of therapy to more campers for decades to come. Visit https://camparanzazu.org/support-us#leave-your-legacy for more information.

    Donate you airline miles

    Another powerful way to make an impact is a gift of airline miles to Camp Aranzazu. A select number of packages we auction at our special events include stays in beautiful resorts and homes in different states and even in different countries. By donating airline miles, you’ll help make the package more enticing for our guests and help us reach our fundraising goals for our silent and live auctions.

    Volunteering at one of our special events

    As you might know, Camp Aranzazu plans to host two special events this fall and two events in spring 2022. All proceeds from the events help to underwrite the cost of camp and support our new programs like family camps and our expanded sailing in the off-season. Each of our events provide a unique opportunity to reach hundreds of supporters in our three major service regions. Even if you choose not to underwrite the event or participate in the activities, you can still support the event by giving 2–3 hours of your time volunteering.

    At previous events, our volunteers helped to sell raffle tickets, check-in/check-out guests, assist with set-up, and other jobs that ensure our events are a success. If you or an organization you work with is interested in volunteering at one of our special events, email Bianca at bhernandez@camparanzazu.org to chat about what opportunities are available.

    AmazonSmile

    AmazonSmile is a simple way to give back to our campers while you fill your Amazon cart throughout the year. Simply go to smile.amazon.com and select Camp Aranzazu as your preferred charity. You’ll be able to shop the same products at the same cost, but AmazonSmile will donate .5% of all eligible purchases to camp! You can have an impact from the comfort of your own home at no additional cost to you! AmazonSmile is even available through the online mobile app. Should you have any questions or have trouble setting up Camp Aranzazu as the charity of your choice, email Bianca at bhernandez@camparanzazu.org and she’ll walk you through the steps.

    Follow Camp Aranzazu on social media

    Following Camp Aranzazu on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube are great ways to stay up to date with our latest news AND share our work and mission with others in your own networks! It is especially helpful to share posts about any special events we might have coming up!

    If you have any questions about any of these other ways to support Camp Aranzazu, please feel free to reach out to our team!

     

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    Camp Aranzazu holds several fundraising events throughout the year in Houston, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and Rockport. Volunteers are always needed!

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    With 104 acres, we can always use help more maintaining our beautiful camp.

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    In the summer, we need help answering the phones, greeting guests, and keeping the office organized and running smoothly.

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    Join us for a day of volunteering, good food, and even better company at one of our volunteer work days this fall!

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    Activity Leader Summer 2019 Job Opportunity​​

    Every year, Camp Aranzazu hires roughly 20 college aged individuals with varying skill sets to work as Activity Leaders from mid-May to mid-August. Activity Leaders have the fun and impactful job of enriching the lives of our campers with special needs through unique camping, environmental studies and retreat experiences.

    Activity Leaders facilitate a variety of activities including, but not limited to arts and crafts, archery, high and low challenge courses, sports and games, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, fishing, sailing, swimming, nature sessions and more!

    Benefits of this paid position include room and board and the potential to satisfy fieldwork and internship requirements in various fields of study. The buttons below include the additional documentation you will need to apply for the Activity Leader position. Email your completed application, resume and two unique and completed reference forms to our Camp Director, Amelia Haslam, and prepare for the summer camp experience of a lifetime!

    If you have any questions, contact our Camp Director, Amelia Haslam, at ahaslam@camparanzazu.org.

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    Part-Time Receptionist

    Are you looking for a part-time job opportunity that allows you to be surrounded by nature in a supportive work environment? Camp Aranzazu currently has an opening for a part-time receptionist position on our staff. This opportunity will allow you to support our mission of enriching the lives of children and adults with special needs and chronic illnesses. To learn more about the position, click the job description below. 

    The Receptionist is responsible for overseeing functions related to the front office. The Receptionist also assists with special projects and provides some administrative support for all staff. If you are interested in the position and have any questions, please contact Lillian Anfosso, our Finance and Administative Director at lanfosso@camparanzazu.org. 

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    Sailing Supervisor

    Imagine a position that allows you to work with campers each day and have a beautiful view of Copano Bay along the Texas Gulf Coast.

    Camp Aranzazu seeks someone with strong sailing experience to supervise our summer sailing program from mid-May through August 2019. The Sailing Supervisor will ensure that Camp Aranzazu provides a safe environment for children with special medical, physical, emotional, social or financial needs to experience sailing. Camp sessions include day camp sessions, as well as residential sessions that last from one to six nights. If you have any questions, contact our Camp Director, Amelia Haslam, at ahaslam@camparanzazu.org.

    Make sure to check out the job description below. To apply, email your resume to Amelia Haslam. 


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    Summer Art Instructor

    Do you have a passion for providing fine arts education and working with a committed staff of people dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults with special needs and chronic illnesses?

    Camp Aranzazu seeks someone with art teaching experience to supervise our summer fine arts program from mid-May through mid-August 2019. The Art Instructor will ensure that Camp Aranzazu provides an intentional, expressive, and safe environment for children with special medical, physical, emotional, and/or social needs to create and experience fine arts. Camp session include day camp sessions, as well as residential sessions that last from one to six nights. If you have any questions, contact our Camp Director, Amelia Haslam, at ahaslam@camparanzazu.org.

    Make sure to check out the job description below. To apply, email your resume to Amelia Haslam. 

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