My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for The Heart Connection, Des Moines, IA, USA
This summer will mark my tenth year (week) volunteering at Camp Heart Connection. The kids and staff keep me coming back every year. What I like most about Children's Cancer Connection is their understanding that cancer affects the whole family. Children's Cancer Connection is there for the entire family through the entire journey. It's hard to explain the sense of community I feel every summer when I go to camp, even when words aren't spoken about the heartaches these kids must face there is an undersanding among them and a bond I cannot explain. The Children's Cancer Connection is there for familes when they need support the most. I feel privilaged to get to share a week with such an amazing group of people that are wise beyond their years and keep me grounded and focused on what's really important in life.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Interacting with families and children affected by childhood cancer. The fears these kids overcome and the things they are able to experience in one short week a year help them build confidence and friendships that will last them a lifetime.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Increase their funding!
Would you volunteer for this group again?
For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?
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What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?
Wal-mart run after orientation.
Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
Yes. Going to camp every year helps me remember those friends I lost to cancer while I was growing up. I make new friends at camp every year. I've helped shy kids come out of their shells and be a part of the group.
How did this volunteer experience make you feel?
It makes me feel really good. I didn't realize the impact counselors have on their campers lives until one of the very first campers I had came back to me 6 years later and told me she remembered every story I told her at camp. It feels really good to know I can have a positive impact on the campers and help them through a difficult time in their lives.
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