June 18th-23rd, 2022
Heartland Center Camp Grounds
Parkville, MO 64152
Have you ever been told you can’t do something? For youth who are blind, many have been told they can’t do virtually anything for their entire lives. At Alphapointe’s Adventure Camp (June 18-23), a “can-do” attitude radiates among campers who are as young as six and as old as 21. Campers learn fundamental skills that help them learn, play and grow. Younger attendees gain independence and social skills to develop into successful teenagers, while older youth enjoy experiences that translates into becoming successful adults.
How can you help? You can volunteer or help us send additional youth to camp by making a donation. For more information on how you can help or volunteer, visit https://www.alphapointe.org/vision-services/youth-services/adventure-camp/
June 20th - 24th, 2022
Kansas City, MO 64132
Technology Camp It’s absolutely critical for children with vision loss to keep up with their sighted peers, particularly in the realm of technology. That’s where Alphapointe’s Technology Camp enters the picture. Designed for middle school and high school students, Technology Camp (June 20-24) fosters learning of skills and technologies that impact academic development with all attendees receiving a laptop to take home with the latest adaptive technology.
Want to help? Your contributions help Alphapointe provide life-changing experiences and laptops for students. For more information, visit https://www.alphapointe.org/vision-services/youth-services/technology-camp/
Alphapointe Won An award!
On May 18th, the Kansas City chapter of Nonprofit Connect will be awarding Alphapointe the "Stronger Together" Award for its work with sister organization, Rightfully Sewn! We share in this celebration with them. Alphapointe Foundation held the annual Boots and Pearls in late February. Several Delta Gammas attended. Beth Kelloff and Kathy Henricksen were sponsors at the event. Over $150,000 was raised for Alphapointe programs. Thank you to those who attended and participated, it was good to see you there! If you are interested in helping Alphapointe with their mission, please contact Beth Kelloff.
Alphapointe has been in the news lately. They especially need us to be their advocates at this time. We have been a part of this organizations from early days. We continue to be part of volunteering and fundraising for Alphapointe. You can see more about our efforts in supporting Alphpointe in the press and in the president's message. We must continue to support our local philanthropies, Alphapointe and CCVI. They are part of our KCDG legacy.
Letter of Support for Alphapointe Safety Situation
by Kristin Wing, president of Greater Kansas City Delta Gamma Alumnae Chapter
Our Greater Kansas City Delta Gamma Alumnae Chapter has partnered with Alphapointe for decades. Kansas City DGs spend hours serving on the board of directors, supporting Alphapointe’s special events and providing funding (through the Kansas City Delta Gamma Foundation) so Alphapointe can continue the mission of serving visually impaired individuals. Now Alphapointe is facing a significant challenge because of their location near the Kansas City Police Department’s Metro Patrol Station that also houses a temporary detention center.
An editorial by the Kansas City Star editorial board (December 15, 2022) describes a potentially dangerous situation with released detainees who are harassing Alphapointe clients and staff. Alphapointe President Reinhard Mabry expressed concern about these individuals gaining entry to the building. As you can imagine, there is a cost to protect campus everyone on the campus. Mabry pointed to spending $150,000 in 2021 for extra security for the campus. Alphapointe made a formal request to the City of Kansas City, Missouri for reimbursement of its security expenses.
I reached out to Alphapointe to ask how Delta Gamma can help. I also wrote a letter to the Kansas City Star’s editorial board in support of Alphapointe that was reviewed and approved by Alphapointe. We feel it’s important for our members to learn about this situation at Alphapointe.
Letter to Kansas City Star:
Visually impaired clients at Alphapointe face many challenges, including their personal safety as noted in the editorial “Blind Kansas Citians at Alphapointe Feel Threatened.” This wonderful organization, founded over 100 years ago, is one of the largest employers of visually impaired individuals in the U.S., employing nearly 400 people around the country, including nearly 200 at its headquarters in Kansas City, Mo. Alphapointe has a plastics and micro-molding facility, sewing and knitting services, a retail store and low vision clinic with tools to help visually impaired individuals, services/programs for youth and much more.
The impact this organization has on our community is incredible, not only in terms of supporting visually impaired citizens, but also providing jobs to people who often have a tough time finding employment because of visual impairments. Our organization, Delta Gamma, has supported Alphapointe with thousands of volunteer hours, members serving on the board of directors and financial support through the Delta Gamma Foundation.
As supporters of Alphapointe, we implore the leaders of Kansas City, MO., and the Kansas City Police Department to take the necessary steps to alleviate the financial and safety pressures put on Alphapointe to remedy a situation that is certainly dangerous and no fault of Alphapointe. The incredible employees and clients of Alphapointe deserve a safe environment.
Kristin Wing President – Kansas City Chapter Delta Gamma Sorority