UPDATE: We are delighted to announce that an anonymous donor has offered to match your donations to our GoFundMe campaign dollar for dollar! But we need to raise the entire $18,500 of our fundraising goal in order for these funds to be matched.We need everyone's help to reach this $18,500 match, which will enable us to buy the camper and beds we need for quarantining, as well as any additional COVID-related and operational expenses.
Dear friends and families of Camphill Village,
As you may already know, Camphill Village has undertaken strict measures to keep our community safe from COVID-19, including the 100 adults with developmental differences who make the Village their home. While we are all currently safe and healthy, we are experiencing other consequences related to the virus — namely a shortage of the young volunteers who serve the community, and an increase in unbudgeted, unexpected expenses.
Some of our young volunteers returned home to their families at the onset of this crisis, but thankfully old friends are willing and able to step in and help to do critical work in the community and on the land. Before they can fully participate in community life, these crucial volunteers need to be housed in a safe, isolated manner away from others. To meet this need, we are purchasing a camper which sleeps five, priced at about $14,000. Our hope is that beyond this crisis, it can serve in happier times and continue to be used for temporary volunteers.
We are also purchasing 12 beds in the event community members become ill and will need to be safely cared for outside of their homes to reduce risk to their housemates. The beds will cost $4,500.
We are asking you, our loyal supporters, to help provide funding for these pandemic-related expenses. Our goal is $18,500. Will you please help? And, will you also share our campaign?
Whatever you can donate will be of great help during this unprecedented time. We need to purchase the camper and beds as quickly as possible as it is urgent that we bring in volunteers who can help during this very difficult time. Spring is our busiest time of the year; we must still grow our vegetable crops and keep other essential agricultural work running in the Village, even as we continue our work of caring for one another.
We thank all of our volunteers who are willing to step in as we weather this crisis, and we thank you, our friends and supporters from all around, for making these urgently needed accommodations a reality.