When you say…

Posted by on Dec 30, 2014 in Blog, Katie's FUNd | 8 comments

by: Amy Buesker, Katie’s FUNd Coordinator When I tell people what I do for a living I get a lot of different reactions, most of them ranging from effusive praise for being such a “good person” to self-deprecation over how they could “never do something like that”. I know that these people are all well-meaning and typically just don’t really understand the world of people with special needs. Most people have very limited...

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Adventures in Katie’s FUNd

Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in Blog, Katie's FUNd | 2 comments

What a summer! The Katie’s FUNd group has been busy as usual! The biggest summer event is always the summer theater program which culminates in a performance at the end of July.  We had our performance last week and it was amazing as always! This is the 5th play that we’ve put on and I’m blown away by the results each and every time! We meet on our first day of the program to discuss what we want the play to be about, what...

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Best Buddies and Teen Extreme/EXPO

Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Ask Jessica, Blog, Katie's FUNd | 0 comments

Question: Tell me about your experiences with Best Buddies and TE/EXPO and the volunteers/staff you’ve met at both programs. Jessica: Best Buddies is one-to-one friendships with college students. College buddies are paired up with people with intellectual disabilities and they do stuff together that they both like to do. Our local chapter is at UCSB. I have been involved with Best Buddies for quite awhile now. I’ve made a lot of new...

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Katie’s FUNd El Capitan Camping Trip

Posted by on May 6, 2014 in Blog, Katie's FUNd | 0 comments

By: Amy Buesker, Katie’s FUNd Coordinator What a great weekend!! This was our 6th annual Katie’s FUNd camping trip and it was a wonderful success! We had our biggest group ever with 17 participants, 5 staff and 1 volunteer plus a few extra volunteers/visitors throughout the weekend! The weather was absolutely perfect and everyone had a great time! The El Capitan group campsite was awesome – lots of space to spread out, a beautiful...

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Katie’s FUNd – Halloween Extravagance

Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 in Blog, Katie's FUNd | 1 comment

What did you do for Halloween?? The Katie’s FUNd group celebrated in grand fashion as usual! The Halloween festivities kicked off with the annual Monster Ball dance. Gavin Roy, DJ extraordinaire, provided the entertainment for this event and kept the music rocking throughout the night! Everyone came dressed in costume and danced the night away. The festivities were punctuated by an annual favorite game – Mummy Wrap – where willing...

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Celebrating 10 Years of Fun and Friendship!

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in Blog, Events, Katie's FUNd | 4 comments

by: Amy Buesker, Katie’s FUNd Coordinator This year we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Katie’s FUNd program. 10 years!!! Time has really flown by. I began as the coordinator for this program about 8 years ago so I didn’t have the opportunity to see it in its infancy, but I have still seen tremendous growth in the time that I’ve been with Alpha. The program began as 2 Friday night activities per month that were always held...

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