A Note from Executive Director Liz Fields
When I started at the camp, I could never have imagined how fast my time here would go by. It’s been a hard couple of years during COVID and there were times I wasn’t sure that the camp would survive. But here we are with some exciting things ahead of us. We have had to rethink our focus and think outside the box for our survival.
This camp is like no other, in that it provides an accessible facility for all children and adults with varying disabilities. Being ADA-compliant and barrier-free means that there is no limitation to the user groups that can use this beautiful facility.
We are planning some exciting new projects and have completed some others. Without the camp having visitors we were able to work on some much-needed facility improvements and updates. Cabin colors have been changed for a new look to the camp and to remove the yellow colors that affect so many of our campers. We tore down the old office and are working on a new janitorial supply room and laundry room.
We are collaborating with some Rotary Clubs and other service clubs to sponsor additional camps. Specifically for children with visual impairments, deaf and hard of hearing, and Autism.
In August 2021, we acquired the property at 1927 Camp Florida Road with the plan of moving the office and starting our new program Next Steps. This is one of the most exciting additions and has provided us the space to offer an education and job training component.
In March 2022, we welcomed a new partner to our facilities. 1Voice Academy has moved into the former office at 1935 Camp Florida Road and are operating a school for kids with cancer. It is the first of its kind and we are so proud to be able to say that it all started here.
This is all such great news that I imagine the next 8 years will go by as quickly as the last. Hope to see you at Rotary’s Camp Florida soon!
Liz Fields has been the Executive Director of Rotary’s Camp Florida, located in Brandon, FL, since April 2014.
Liz is from England where she was a Stockbroker for Credit Suisse First Boston. She moved to the United States in 1990 and proudly became a citizen in 2005. Liz has extensive non-profit experience, having led Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County and Feeding America’s Suncoast Harvest Food Bank. With a very strong background in facilities management, her passion has always been ensuring that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else.
Liz is a member of the Rotary E-Club 34 and is a Paul Harris Fellow. She was awarded the Herbert G. and Diane Brown Humanitarian Award from District 6950 in September 2020, for her honoring the ideals of Rotary in her everyday service to children with special needs.