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April 6, 2013

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September 8, 2009

Camp Quality Michigan is an awesome program. I first volunteered as a companion, along with my daughter, in August 2007. The impact on me as a person was tremendous and we have been companions each ye... more

April 6, 2013

Camp Quality Michigan has 2 camps (north camp and south camp) where kids with cancer can enjoy life, have fun and make lifelong friendships. During the week long camp where they are paired with a companion they swim, dance, play archery, sing at camp fires, and so all kids of things without having to think about chemo, radiation and everything else that comes with it. Their parents know they are safe and well cared for. Being a companion changes your life, to see how the kids care for each other and the strength they have. CQ is one big family.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

September 8, 2009

Camp Quality Michigan is an awesome program. I first volunteered as a companion, along with my daughter, in August 2007. The impact on me as a person was tremendous and we have been companions each year afterwards. My family has heard so much about this group my niece volunteered this past year and my brother is planning for next year. To see these kids who have endured so much in their lives, more than any child should, enjoy themselves and have the opportunity to explore their own possibilities like other children is a heartwaring experience. The camaraderie and compassion these kids have towards one another is just one small benefit they receive by attending Camp Quality. As a companion you are a matched up with a camper ( a child who has or has had cancer). You are with that camper all week ensuring a safe funfilled experience. The parents of these children can be assured their precious children will be safe and well cared for. There are nurses and doctors on site 24/7. Lifelong friendships between campers, campers and companions, and between companions are made at Camp Quality. It is one of the BEST non-profit organizations. The worst part of this non-profit is that it is not as well know as others. (e.g. United way) I would like to see more funding for this organization. They are a great group of people working for a great group of kids. It does not stop at camp either. There is a puppet program and other support options for the child and their families.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the experiendce with the kids.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

exceptional. They are truly caring people who take time to try to make life a bit easier for a child.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help so many children in so many ways.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 25, 2011

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May 25, 2011

Camp Quality Delivers! Children with cancer find comfort and support among peers who understand their feelings, fears, and frustrations.
Staff are there often because they too have experienced some of the same concerns personally through their own, or friends or family situations.
I have
heard teens discuss their therapies and illnesses among themselves-which they never could do freely elsewhere.
There is no self pity-just determination!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

..seeing the children relax and live life to the fullest-challenge themselves.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make more persons aware of the wonderful program

August 22, 2010

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August 22, 2010

It is fun and a good time to spend time with other people just like you and make new friends too. flapjack_1984@yahoo.com.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

August 1997.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Everything.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very nice and kind.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make it better.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 14, 2009

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October 14, 2009

I was a companion at Camp Quality in 2008, and it changed my life forever. I was unable to attend this year due to school, but I plan on going next year again, and many more years to come. The people I met there have changed my life, and the memories will last forever. I cant wait to be a part of camp again in 2010!!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The memories that I have made and the wonderful, inspiring people that I have met.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing. Everyone there was awesome and I will never forget them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

October 5, 2009

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October 5, 2009

I had a great week volunteering as a companion at Camp Quality. The week flew by and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Taking work off for the week wasn't the easiest, but it was worth it.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand the number of campers it can accept ever summer, run the camp more than twice a summer and increase the number and variety of activities. It could also own the camp grounds instead of just being a guest at another camp.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 1, 2009

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October 1, 2009

I have been a companion for the past three years and it is the most rewarding week of my year. I look forward to spending a week one on one with my camper. We have fun doing activities like crafts, zip lines and riding horses. My camper and I talk throughout the year by email so we can't keep in touch.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my spending one week at camp with a camper.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

offer hospitals help with families with children with cancers. Spread the word about what a great thing Camp Quality is and how we can help them.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the difference that I make to a child with cancer.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fantastic! Life long friends.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help more families with children with cancer.

Ways to make it better...

Mother Nature would give us a great week of weather at camp.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

fundraising. The economy has to be affecting fundraising for the group.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This is probably one of the best things that I have ever done and been a part of in my life.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 30, 2009

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September 30, 2009

I got involved with this organization by simply answering a newspaper ad. I always loved going away to camp when I was younger, and there was an ad in the paper looking for volunteers to be camp counselors for one week during the summer. I looked the organization up online and found out that I would be a one-on-one companion for a child that has or has had cancer. I thought this would be a fun week for me and a great way to reach out to a child. Little did I know, these children reached out to me. Every child that came to camp changed my life. To see these kids laughing and just "being kids" after everything they have gone through was great. They taught me to fully cherish life and to be thankful for all of the positive things. They taught me that if you concentrate on the hardships in life, you won't really live. I hope I have been able to give these kids a little of what they have given me. Camp Quality is the best organization I have ever been apart of. This camp proves to the kids that they are not alone (many times you will catch kids comparing scars or treatments) and it lets them get away from it all and have a great time. The kids can prove to themselves that they can do anything. One little girl that had cancer in her leg climbed a rock wall. One little girl that went blind from her cancer realized that she could do anything her peers can. What this camp gives to kids is priceless. They gain self-confidence, they don't feel "different" because they don't have hair, and they are all able to use each other and their companions as a support group.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the type of people you wish the world was filled with. I have never met a more passionate, enthusiastic, and loving group of people anywhere.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

let more kids come to camp, let more families participate in weekend events, and there would be no limit to the activities we could have for the kids.

Ways to make it better...

there was a way to "cool down" after camp with the support of other volunteers. I wasn't ready for all of the emotions that hit me when camp ended and we all went home.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 30, 2009

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September 30, 2009

The 5 days at Camp Quality was an experience I will not forget. Make no mistake, it is a challenge to spend 24hrs. a day with a young person and keep them focused on all the activities and their medical requirements. However, seeing them laughing, running, playing jokes on you, and every once in a while opening up about their feelings made it all worthwhile. The courage of these kids is truly something to aspire to. I'm sincerely grateful for the time I spent at Camp Quality.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people I worked with and the sense of team.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 27, 2009

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September 27, 2009

2009 was my second time volunteering at Camp Quality. To me, Camp Quality is something to look forward to. Campers get to look forward to this. Sometimes this is the only really big and awesome thing they get to do all year. Lifelong friendships are formed and every child is able to relate and have someone else that has shared their story. They come to camp and can be a normal, active kid. The slogan is 100 percent true. ("Letting kids with cancer be kids again") The week we spend with the campers is inspirational. As a companion, I feel as I get more from camp sometimes than a camper does. They build you up and inspire you as an adult, when its the campanion who is supposed to be doing that! The kids are amazing, and I will always remember every single one. They made an impact on me to want to keep coming and keep helping. Besides the inspirational factor, camp is also a blast! They get to do all sorts of awesome activities that keep you busy from sun up to after sun down! As having a crafy camper, the craft ladies are amazing. They have so many great ideas to keep us busy and so many choices of supplies! They are very helpful. Camp Quality is something I would like to always be involved with. It's a way to let a child who has gone through it all, be a kid again.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the campanion position.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I'm really very satisfied with it.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Letting my camper have a great week to remember all year and the inspiration she gives me.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Amazing, well-rounded individuals. Every single one brought something to the experience. Everyone cared and there was always someone there for you. No one judged. Its a week to just be silly and everyone was!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand and allow more kids to come to camp.

Ways to make it better...

I dont think my experience could have been any better. It was my second year with my camper and co-campanion. We all worked together great!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Keeping up the funds. Thankfully it seems as people have been very generous!

One thing I'd also say is that...

Overall I would say that this camp is amazing and I want to stay involved.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 27, 2009

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September 27, 2009

I am 67 years of age and 2009 was my first volunteer experience at Camp Quality on Walloon Lake, MI. I have known about Camp Quality and have wanted to be with their summer camp for many years, but was not able to participate until this year. I was a "floater" which gave me the ability to get to know every aspect of the camp. I filled in wherever necessary and whenever necessary. I loved doing this. (ie: companion fill in, running errands, cart driver, kitchen, nurses area etc.) I have volunteered with some of their year round activities also. The people are marvelous to work with and I am looking forward to next year.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the dedication of the staff and the fun loving campers

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

my kind of people

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

go on for ever for the children who need this experience

Ways to make it better...

I had been a little bit younger

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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