The inspiration and shining light behind, "The Sunshine Project", is the beautiful boy pictured above, Hudson. Our founders, Erika Enoch and Meagan Lawson, first met when Hudson started school. Erika - Hudson's dedicated mother, and Meagan - his new special education teacher. Hudson has autism which significantly impacts his communication and social skills. Together, Erika and Meagan worked hard to create a school environment that made Hudson feel safe and accepted.
As a mother of an autistic child, Erika quickly realized the drastic difference between the amount of support and opportunities that were provided by our educational system for children during the school year verses those provided during the summer months. She found an extreme lack of recreational and enrichment programs offered during the summer months for her son Hudson - and all children with special needs - to participate in.
While every other child in the area had the opportunity to enroll in communal enrichment programs of arts, sports, music, and other recreational activities, Hudson - as well as the other children in our Walworth County community with special needs - were left with no options in sight. Erika spent weeks calling different camps, organizations, and was continually denied summer options for Hudson. It was soon after she knew something had to change.
The drive behind, "The Sunshine Project", is to provide enrichment programs and opportunities not only for Hudson, but for all elementary children with disabilities in our Walworth County community. We believe that all children deserve the chance to have a summer full of fun memories, friendships, and exciting new experiences. Together, our hope is that our little sunshine, Hudson, can help us make a meaningful change in our community and beyond.
Our high-quality camp will foster friendship, hope, and life-changing bonds for children with disabilities and their families alike. This opportunity will provide families with well deserved respite while their children enjoy days filled with fun, friendship and exploration that will benefit them, their families, our community, and the world around them.
Our vision is to provide a meaningful setting in our community that embraces the sunshine that every child has to offer. We will provide children with disabilities and their families with an atmosphere of safety and acceptance.
Help us launch this incredible summer camp program for children with special needs in our Walworth County community. Your contributions make a difference and are such a blessing to the development of this amazing program. We are forever grateful for your continued support!
Are you passionate about The Sunshine Project and want to join our leadership team or volunteer? Get connected to a leadership team where you can use your gifts and help make our program come to life!
Keep watch for more information on upcoming job opportunities as we grow our summer camp staff! For more information, please contact Meagan using the link below.