Donate Your Cameras to Help Others at RTP

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RTP, Rehabilitation Through Photography announces the “final month” in their 2010 Summer Camera Drive. Only 75 more cameras are needed by September 1, 2010 to help equip the current RTP programs. RTP has been transforming lives of people with special needs through photography for almost 70 years. Now is the time for you to become part of the “Regenerate & Reinvigorate” program with donations of cameras. This is your opportunity to donate a “new” or “used” camera which can be a “digital” or “film” camera to help change the lives of hundreds of people with special needs through the magic photography.

RTP started and helps run 25 programs using photography as a unique form of therapy with 55 classes a week, 695 participants ages 8 to 80 with a total of 30,000 hours of instruction each year. Programs serve all facets of the community from the physically handicapped, developmentally disabled, at risk or economically challenged youth and nursing home residents. RTP provides photography instruction and programs to the physically and emotionally handicapped, the elderly, at-risk youth, the economically disadvantaged, the homeless and, the visually impaired. This photography instruction engages individuals with the wider world beyond their limitations and empowers them to see and act in creative and life-affirming ways. The acts of capturing the beauty and vitality of the world with a camera and of then enhancing the resulting images, rekindle individuals’ interest in and excitement about life.

Jane Becker, Executive Director of RTP stated, “The Summer Camera Drive is an integral part of our program. The equipment we receive in the next 30 days will make a world of difference in the lives of our program participants. Some participants have used photography not only to enrich their lives, but also as a stepping stone to further education or to a career in photography. Your donation is urgently needed and, we gladly accept cash donations as well.”_Please help RTP to reach their 2010 Summer Camera drive goals and donate a camera or send a cash donation today.

RTP’s goal is 75 more Cameras by September 1, 2010. Cameras can be “new” or “used”. They can be” old” or “new” but in working condition. We gladly accept both “film” and “digital” cameras. All types of cameras are needed from easy “point and shoot” cameras to “SLR’s”. A donation of one camera from an individual is as treasured as a large donation from a camera manufacturer or dealer. Whenever possible, please include flash cards, downloadable cables, battery charger, straps and instructions books with cameras. Donations of accessories, such as, lenses, camera bags, tripods, media cards, batteries and film are welcome. Please ship the cameras directly to: RTP, 3 East 33rd Street, Suite 101, New York, NY 10016. All donations are tax deductable.

Rehabilitation Through Photography provides photography instruction and programs to the physically and emotionally handicapped, the elderly, at-risk youth, the economically disadvantaged, the homeless and, the visually impaired. This photography instruction engages individuals with the wider world beyond their limitations and empowers them to see and act in creative and life-affirming ways. The acts of capturing the beauty and vitality of the world with a camera and of then enhancing the resulting images, rekindle individuals’ interest in and excitement about life.

RTP, Rehabilitation Through Photography partners with public and private organizations across the New York metropolitan area to create programs and procure equipment and supplies and train instructors. Some of the organizations supported by RTP include: ABBR, Arts & Media Preparatory Academy, Block Institute, Children’s Village, Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, Educational Alliance Art School, Encore 49 Residence, Jewish Home & Hospital, Land Gallery, Lower East Side Girls Club, Menorah Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing, Millenium High School, Pathways To Housing, Phyllis L. Susser School for Exceptional Children, STARR,Inc. From the analog cameras and darkrooms of the past to the digital cameras and software of today, RTP’s programs have taught many thousands of students in need, created many inspiring works of beauty, and nurtured countless New Yorkers.

RTP, Rehabilitation Through Photography is entirely supported by tax-deductible donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is a registered 5013C charitable organization.

Rehabilitation Through Photography_3 East 33rd Street_Suite 101_New York, NY 10016 www.rtp.org.

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