"I Feel Like I Belong..." An Appeal for KODAWest - 2014
"I feel like I ‘belong’ because everyone here [at camp] knows my parents
are Deaf - they treat me normal and I love it.”
~ Camps ~ Mentoring Programs ~ Teen Forums ~ Parent Support ~
How do we do it all?
You are the reason thousands of lives are impacted.
You are the reason over 1,000 families have had life-changing experiences.
You are the reason KODAs (Hearing Kids of Deaf Adults) are embracing their bi-cultural identities.
You are the reason over 500 KODAs have been able to attend KODAWest camp, a place they call “home.”
You are the reason KODAs are being recognized and celebrated everywhere.
You are the reason KODAWest exists today and we need you now more than ever.
Because of your support, KODAWest has touched the lives of thousands; parents, children, families and friends – Chances are, you know someone who has been impacted by KODAWest; an award-winning, volunteer-driven, 100% privately funded organization. In the past seven years, your donations have enabled KODAWest to achieve the following:
An active, up to date website
Banners and tablecloths for exhibits and events
Special guests for fundraisers and programs
Expert consultants to help support families
Scholarships for our annual low-cost, sold-out camps
Year-round family-friendly events
Resources for parents
With your tax deductible gift of $20, $50, $100, or more, we aspire to raise $50,000 to fund key programs of KODAWest, well into the next year and beyond. Your pledge will support:
Annual low-cost camp for KODAs $25,000
Events for the whole year $10,000
A BRAND-NEW branch of service: Big CODA, Little KODA program $10,000
Forums for Deaf parents and KODA teens $5,000
Your pledge to KODAWest will help us continue to fulfill the mission of bringing hearing children of Deaf parents together in a peer group environment. With this unique fellowship, these "Kids of Deaf Adults" will gain confidence and wisdom from their older peers who can help them to recognize and embrace their two diverse worlds: the hearing and the Deaf.
Your pledge will also help us continue to provide our annual low-cost camps for our KODAs. While there, our KODA campers will participate in leadership and team building skills, and other fun camp activities. Most importantly, they partake in KODA-related symposiums, which will help them gain confidence and wisdom, and a better understanding of their identities.
Your pledge will ensure that we maintain another crucial service: Forums for Deaf Parents and KODA Teens. Parents will benefit from understanding the importance of a hearing child’s life such as music, and the pleasures of hearing. Experts who have extensive knowledge in bicultural living, especially in hearing/deaf cultures, will be brought in to empower these parents. KODA Teens will connect with others like themselves, in open forums where they can share their bi-cultural experiences with one another, with CODA (Adult children of Deaf Adults) moderators.
Your pledge will help to launch our newest branch of service: The Big CODA Little KODA program, which will provide support to KODAs, who are struggling with their identities, by pairing them up with CODAs who make strong role models. These under-resourced KODAs may be struggling with accepting the fact their parents are Deaf, that their childhood is different, or may not have funds to attend and benefit from KODAWest camps. Some may not even know what it means to be a “KODA,” and may have never interacted with another KODA. These KODAs will be paired with qualified CODA mentors in order to foster positive, healthy identities and self-acceptance as KODAs.
appreciate and embrace while attending KODAWest Camp.”
As the needs of KODA families increase, KODAWest promises to stay on the cutting edge for you, your loved ones, and for everyone in the community. Please help to make this possible with your contribution. Your donation will make a world of difference. We promise you.
It is our hope that you believe, as we do, that your donation will know no bounds. It is with much gratitude, we thank you for your time and consideration for the impact you will make on the families who seek a community they can belong to. Your gift will be recognized and appreciated.
“Because of KODAWest, I no longer hide but stand tall and
proud of my heritage, culture, and KODA Identity.”
Share the vision. Share the commitment. Where Kids Of Deaf Adults unite.
Donations made by December 31, 2014
would be eligible for tax deductions for 2014.
KODAWest, Inc. 3727 W. Magnolia Blvd., #273, Burbank, CA 91505