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Sunshine Nevada Organization

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Philanthropy, Private Independent Foundations

Mission: Sunshine Nevada is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that aims to relieve isolation and hopelessness and to foster deep connections and companionship among children with special needs and their families. Each year, Sunshine Nevada hosts free summer camps, Special Dates for Special Kids, and other community events geared toward providing children with special needs experiences outside their often medically oriented routines. Sunshine Nevada staff and supporters work to present children with special needs opportunities for physical, mental and emotional growth, often involving a fun connection with nature and the outdoors.

Target demographics: Special needs children

Geographic areas served: The Community of Las Vegas

Programs: Create camps for children that have been affected by life changing events

create camps for children that have been affected by life changing events

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Jose D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am very grateful to the Torino Fundation! For three years they took my son to a fully funded camping trip for autistic children. It's hard enough to take him camping, he does not usually sleep well unless he is in his own bed. They took the children camping, hiking, swimming, he comes back every year happy and full of stories!

Thanks Torino!

Leia M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Julie Nybakken and the staff at Torino Ranch are making dreams come true for kids from all walks of life and all degrees of disabilities. They truly are angles on earth and I am forever grateful to them for giving my Grandson the opportunity to go to camp I am every summer! ♥

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Torino Foundation makes it possible for my Autistic son to go to an awesome camp in the summer that he would not be able to go to without their help. My son loves everything about Camp TLC and Camp I AM!!! They do such an amazing job!!! Thank you Torino Foundation!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Torino Foundation provided my daughter with an opportunity to spend time having fun, making friends and making lasting memories. Camp TLC was an amazing experience for her that she will never forget and we will always be grateful to them for giving her such an amazing gift

Katherine44

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first heard about Torino Foundation’s camp for children with autism I was excited and nervous at same time for my daughter. I was excited for the opportunity she would have of experiencing camp and nervous because I was not sure how she would react to the new environment. Camp TLC was a life changing experience for Kealani. Torino Foundation has given her the opportunity to experience camp just like a typical child. She looks forward to going to camp, seeing her friends and meeting new friends.

Torino Foundation has also made an impact on my son’s life. Alec has been a peer buddy for Camp TLC for a few years and has moved on to become a junior counselor. He volunteered as a junior counselor for Camp TLC, Camp Heart and Sole and Camp Core in 2015. He plans to continue to volunteer for Torino Foundation every year.

Torino Foundation provides a fun, safe and loving environment for the children who attend camp. The people on staff are trained and are amazing with the children. They go out of their way to make everyone feel accepted not only during camp, but also outside of camp during other events they provide for the children throughout the year.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Torino Foundation changes lives! Thanks to Torino, my son attended his first summer camp, and has attended every summer since 2013. Torino gives special needs children opportunities they would never have otherwise, and helps create memories for a lifetime. The wonderful people at Torino are kind, thoughtful, caring and dedicated to helping others. We are so lucky, and so grateful for this organization!

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a young child with autism, you are unable to participate in so many milestone events that typically developing children attend. Whether it be due to your sensory issues, your challenged social skills or your struggles to communicate your wants, needs or feelings, living in a body with this neurological disorder is tough. The Torino Foundation offered my daughter the chance to attend summer camp in a safe, accepting and nurturing environment that this mom never thought would be possible. She's 18 now and has so many happy memories of her camp experiences that she still proudly displays her Summer Camp door plaque on her bedroom door that she gets to see every day. She talks about the friends she made, the fun she had swimming, dancing, games around the campfire and sleepovers all the time. Thank you, Torino Foundation for bringing some normalcy to Jamie's childhood and giving her life lasting memories that she cherishes and helps her embrace her abilities. Navigating the world of autism has brought us to many non-profits. They all have the right intention but Torino Foundation knocks it out of the ballpark for us. I just hope you're around a hundred years from now because you know how to make that difference. From the bottom of this mom's heart, THANK YOU.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has autism, he loved it. Come back very happy and full of stories. Best thing I di d for my son. It is a beautiful place. The staff is very caring.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I would give them 10 stars if I could. My son went to their autism camp for the first time last year. As a nervous mother, I didn't want to just send him without finding out what really goes on. So I volunteered. I saw firsthand how they accepted my son and made sure every need was met, that he had fun and it was all done safely! They have it down, thinking of everything. The way the med shed functioned really impressed me. So many kids with different meds at different times. How do they keep track of it all? Well, their system is efficient and runs smoothly. Also, same thing with the dietary needs of each of the campers! How do you keep that straight? Again, saw firsthand how they operated and everything ran smoothly. But most of all, the kids had fun! Away from therapy and doctors, they made sure kids can just be kids (safely, of course). My son ate and did things I never thought he would. Looking forward to this year. I would 110% be comfortable sending him alone (he's on the lower end of the spectrum) but I also got so much out of it, I'm honored and more than willing to volunteer again. Also, we have been invited to all of their amazing events such as the Hop N Bop (don't have to worry about kids pushing your child over because they are slower for Easter eggs), movies, they help with parents night out, etc. We have become part of their family and I can't thank them enough! Feeling included instead of excluded! Love all of those dedicated hard-working saints at Torino!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a parent, all you really hope for is that your children be happy and healthy. My son isn't healthy but he is happy. He becomes even happier when he goes to summer camp at the Torino Foundation Ranch. It is the one single thing he ask for and talks about. When he was granted a Make a Wish trip, he said he wanted to go to Camp I am. The people involved with this organization are amazing and this mother can not say thank you enough for giving my son a weekend of fun and just being treated as a normal kid. The love I feel for this group is amazing.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

From the moment I found The Torino Foundation, I don't know how We have ever lived without them. They are the most amazing group of people and do so much for the families of our community who live with Autism. They are our angels on earth!!

Julie258

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son, Jacob, has participated in Camp I Am for children on the Autism spectrum sponsored by the Torino Foundation for the past two years. It has been a life-changing experience for him. He has been given the opportunity to attend sleep-away camp like a typical child, swimming in a lake, making arts and crafts, and singing songs at a campfire. These activities are usually out of reach for my child due to his frequent inappropriate social behaviors. But with the carefully selected and trained staff at Camp I Am, he is accepted for who he is. This nonprofit organization is by far the best my family has found in the Las Vegas valley for children with autism.