Otis Blum is a manager at Activision Blizzard, one of the world’s leading video game companies. When he was in high school at Brentwood School, Otis was a counselor in training for three years at Wayfinder’s Camp Bloomfield. Otis continues serving those who turn to Wayfinder for help, now as a founding member of the recently established Wayfinder Impact Council. Otis and the members of the Impact Council help to raise awareness and funds to further Wayfinder’s mission and vital work.
When you first came to volunteer at Wayfinder, did you have an obstacle to overcome? What did Wayfinder do to help you overcome it?
My main obstacle was my preconceived notions about what it means to be visually impaired. I didn’t have any visually impaired friends. Coming to camp, I had doubts about putting arrows in hands of kids with visual impairments. My internal monologue was: I’m not sure this is a good idea. I was proven wrong in a matter of hours. Camp Bloomfield taught me at age 15 that there is so much that is possible. I believe that we are all capable of achieving great things, beyond what we think we can achieve. I am eternally grateful to Wayfinder for showing me this.
What does being a Wayfinder mean to you?
We are all on our journey, trying to find our way. We all have obstacles we need to overcome. Being a Wayfinder is realizing nobody does it alone. At Camp Bloomfield, I helped campers with activities, but they were helping me rid myself of preconceived notions. Being a Wayfinder means we are all in this together. On the Impact Council, I am helping Wayfinder continue to grow and achieve its mission.
Can you share one of your favorite Wayfinder moments?
I remember an amazing camper. We had a basketball hoop. We were trying to help him shoot and score. We were using his cane to bang the rim so he could locate the basket by the sound. He was struggling. This was a multiday endeavor. And he finally hit a free throw. Everyone at camp roared. It was like the Lakers won the championship.
Thank you to Otis for his continued service! Join Otis and our dynamic Impact Council and make a difference:
The Wayfinder Impact Council is now accepting applications for new members. This special group of volunteers gives their time, energy and talents to raise awareness and funds for Wayfinder. Wayfinder needs passionate, innovative ambassadors and you can participate virtually!
Contact Vanessa Botshekan, associate vice president of development and donor relations at firstname.lastname@example.org or 323-295-4555 x205 to learn more.
September 21, 2021