First of all, let me just say that you guys are wonderful! Your genuine love for Connor truly warms my heart. He enjoys seeing all his friends and engaging in activities with the group.
When our lives turned upside down by this crazy pandemic, we were worried that Connor would be completely isolated and cut off from his daily and weekly programs. Not only Amplify Life, but other programs as well.
Of course, it was the amazing team at Amplify Life that stepped up and started providing daily, virtual activities to keep our kids plugged in socially and engaged in fun and meaningful activities. What a blessing!
Connor totally looks forward to his daily Zoom meeting with all of his friends at Amplify Life. Seeing his friends everyday has been so uplifting for all of us during this strange time. I am so glad that you all made the decision and the commitment to put on these programs each and every week. I know that it can't be easy to make that big a commitment, but I just want you to know that it is completely worth it! You are having a positive impact, and making a huge difference in the lives of these young men and women.
I just wanted to let you know how grateful we are that you are continuing your programming during this stressful time. I can't tell you how much it means to us that we have a scheduled activity to look forward to each day of the week. Since Fred is not currently working due to the coronavirus pandemic, he has a lot of empty hours to fill in. Watching television and videos are okay for a while, but definitely not the way we want to spend all out time! Also, thank you for making these programs available at no cost - that is a huge help when budgets are limited.
Fred looks forward to seeing his friends on Zoom each day, and loves the socializing with his pals. You folks are always so compassionate and patient with the attendees. Thank you! We love seeing you and all the other campers. We feel like we have really grown closer as an Amplify Life family through these meetings. That is a good thing! Bless you all for what you are doing for our community. We love you!
I know we have only two weeks left doing the virtual programs, but I wanted to let you know what a difference it has made in our lives. It has been so much fun participating and seeing everyone as well. It has also brought a sense of peace and happiness during these turbulent and difficult times. The activities and workouts have been amazing. It has been something that Jordan and I look forward to doing each day. lI know how hard you have worked to make this happen for all of us. So we just want to thank you and tell you how much it has meant to us.
I just wanted to let Amplify Life know how much all of your hard work during this quarantine, especially, has meant to my son, Brandon, and myself. You have filled the last 5 weeks with the most wonderful and engaging activities; and you have done this with smiles, laughter, and love (as always), at a time when it has been so needed. Please continue the great work that you are doing for our extra special community.
My son Tanner has been attending all Amplify LIfe events for the last 6 years, and we are truly grateful for all the amazing programs they offer! Amplify Life gives Tanner a social, safe, interesting, and fun packed environment to hang with friends and continue to make new ones. He loves all the activities.....especially Summer Camp! I highly recommend Amplify Life to any parent(s) of special needs kids.....it will enhance your child's life and give them fun events to look forward to!
Our son Michael is 25 years old and has Autism with a severe language delay.
We have been attending Amplify Life home of Camp Lotsafun programs for over10 years. We have watched this organization grow under kind, loving and genuine leadership for people in our disability community with the programs they provide.
The first year Michael went to summer camp I was a nervous wreck for weeks. During our week of respite care while he was at Camp Lotsafun at Grizzly Creek, my husband and I camped at Davis Lake 5 minutes away with cell phone reception! Who else but ME could understand the wants and needs of my son with his limited language? Camp Lotsafun staff that’s who! We followed the camp bus back home to Reno in our RV. At camper check out a few minutes later Michael was happy to see us and spent the next hour excitedly “talking” to us about his week of adventure. I cried because I was so happy. We spent the next camp week up at Davis Lake near summer camp once again to humor me my husband says but after that, we went on our own way during our respite week!
As a parent, the biggest complaint I hear from other special needs programs is our kids have no social life and friends. This breaks my heart because sadly it is so true.
A few years ago Amplify Life began adding short programs each month for participants to come hang out, see their friends, eat, make crafts, watch
movies and dance. This is the social life we had always hoped for and my heart smiles when we drop him off and see him so happy to be there!
Michaels independence, social skills, knowledge and language have improved immensely through our time with Amplify Life. And my husband and I have invaluable respite time together!
Rudolph dropped by the annual Christmas party to tell everyone hello!
I have been to many, many short programs. I have observed how much fun the intendeds were having including the 4 to 1 volunteers. "GREAT TIMES WAS HAD BY ALL." i am looking forward to attending more short programs in 2019.
As a parent of a special needs child, I cannot tell you how much I love and appreciate Amplify Life! AJ attends pre-vocational camps, summer camp, social and recreational programs here, and he always comes home happy and with stories to tell about new friends, new things he has done, and how much fun he had. There is nothing more important than building community for people with special needs, and we have found our home at Amplify Life!
It is difficult to put into words just how amazing this organization is. I have been a Board Member and Volunteer with Amplify Life for years now and I honestly couldn’t imagine my life without Amplify Life in it. I have volunteered for several different organizations in the past; but what sets Amplify Life apart from other organizations I have worked with is the people. Our Amplify Life campers truly light up the world. Volunteering with Amplify Life has enriched my own life more than I could have ever imagined. While we do have to work to provide these special services to our community, the joy and love we get in return from our campers is absolutely priceless. I am so grateful for Amplify Life and I look forward to working with my fellow Board Members, campers and Amplify Life families to continue to grow this amazing organization!