In 1967, Mr. Reed Harris saw that his deaf son was lonely despite being around hearing friends. He decided to develop a camp to bring together other deaf and hard of hearing individuals so they could play and grow together without barriers. Since then, Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has grown to provide year-round programming for Deaf and hard of hearing youth and adults in various educational and experiential adventures. We are honoring Mr. Harris by honoring volunteers like him that greatly contributed to Aspen Camp’s success with the Harris Award.
2012 marks the first year of the Harris Award, which recognizes the volunteer of the year. This recipient has made positive changes for Aspen Camp and the community we serve. Minimum qualifications include serving more than 100 hours with us, showing a genuine concern for children, promoting an understanding of deaf culture. The recipient also must be on a committee with Aspen Camp and be involved with programs, operations, or donations. This volunteer helps promote the mission and values of Aspen Camp. The community is welcome to nominate candidates and the team and board at Aspen Camp makes the final decision.
Recipients of Harris Award
2012: Michael B. Adler (Grand Junction, CO)