Camp Quality Michigan
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.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
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?
Volunteer & I have been a companion for two summers and I am also on the planning board.