Helping Youth Resonates with Michigan-based Grantors

By Kathryn Tuck

Published in: Update - Issue 2 - 2016 »   

A day full of fishing, canoeing and being one with
nature is one of the highlights for campers—
complete with a barbequed outdoor lunch.

Each year, our Summer Experience Camp offers 20+ teens a challenging, fun, enrichment opportunity that is fully accessible and provided to the campers free of charge. Summer Experience is packed full of a variety of activities that encourage the kids to enjoy Michigan’s beautiful summer weather by fishing, tandem biking, swimming and tackling a ropes course.

The camp has garnered full support from a number of foundations and individuals including the Ford Motor Company Fund, whose generous grant supports activities, travel, staff support and camper expenses.

The DELPHI Foundation grant supports youth
technology. Here a camper utilizes the free
Breeze+ GPS device she is given during Summer
Experience Camp at Leader Dog.

“It’s hard to imagine a more powerful, positive impact on the lives of these young people than the increased independence and new life skills they will gain through this camp and their relationship with Leader Dogs for the Blind,” says Janet Lawson, director, Ford Volunteer Corps. “Ford Motor Company Fund is proud to support Leader Dogs for the Blind as we work to strengthen communities and make people’s lives better.”

In addition to the Ford Motor Company Fund, Summer Experience also receives grant support from the DELPHI Foundation, an anonymous endowment, and many generous individuals. If you have questions about how to transform your grantmaking into life-changing program support, contact Kathryn Tuck, director of foundation giving, at or 248/218.6431.