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Causes: Counseling, Family Counseling, Family Services, Human Services, Mental Health, Public & Societal Benefit

Mission: To provide grieving children and teens with the tools and resources to manage their grief in a healthy way, and to provide companionship in a supportive environment.

Results: Founded in 2008. In 2013, we opened our second camp, for teens. 2015-opened a new branch in Wilkes-Barre 2015-two new school support groups 2016-three new hospital support groups 2016-new three day camp in Union County

Target demographics: Grieving children ages 6-12, and teens 13-18.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 125 grieving children

Geographic areas served: Central PA; Greater Carlisle and Harrisburg area; Union County PA; Wilkes-Barre, PA

Programs: One, two and three day support camps for grieving children and teens; support groups for grieving children. Comfort Boxes for newly bereaved students, Children's Grief Awareness Day activities.

Community Stories

30 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My girls lost their Dad unexpectedly on Thanksgiving Day. The last 6 months have been difficult as we have worked to heal from his passing, and to establish and adjust to our "new normal." When the girls first heard about the camp, they didn't want to go, and even up to the day before, showed resistance about attending. BUT, once they got there, both girls had a wonderful time doing all the fun things that you had planned! The staff really knows how to perfectly blend lots of fun that is mixed with some moments of healing. I feel so blessed that my girls were able to participate in this amazing program! Thank you 'Camp Koala' for all you did this weekend... you are all very incredible people!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter really enjoyed Camp Koala! We did not know what to expect at first - was it going to be all sad stories, talking in front of a group, etc. My daughter lost her baby brother at 7 months old. This was a very difficult time for our whole family. I noticed some behavioral changes in my daughter, both at home and school. She would not talk about the loss of her brother often, however all of her writing assignments at school were about him. We knew at that time she needed an outlet for this. The school counselor recommended Camp Koala and it was perfect for her and she was very proud of the memory box that she was able to make there and bring home.

Mamta B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

wow. really inspiring for all of us.
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Loni W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Camp Koala has done wonders for my son. The volunteers are the most caring, thoughtful and giving people. They provide unique therapy for the children. My son's favorite is the art therapy. The camp allows children to meet other children who have gone through loss and makes them see they are not alone. My son looks forward to going every year! He has made friends and love his big buddies. The whole Camp Koala team is amazing. They all come together to provide a nurturing , therapeutic, fun weekend for the kids. I highly recommend Camp Koala:)

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son attended Camp Koala for a weekend Camp. I couldn't have been happier with the camp. He came away more peaceful & happy. I could tell he felt cared for. The projects the kids completed where therapeutic and quite meaningful. I will be forever grateful for the compassion/care that this camp & the staff showed during our time of need.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a supporter of Lisa and her work for a long time, mainly as a donor and cheerleader. A few months ago, I had the privilege of being a Big Buddy during one of the camps, and it was a humbling experience. The CK team is doing excellent work to ease the pain felt when a loved one dies. I look forward to helping more in the future.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization, highly recommended! My experience with Camp Koala has been an amazing one. I would give it 10 stars if I could. What a great place for grieving children to find a safe place to fall. Keep up the good work!

2 Jessica295

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough about this camp! My son lost his father when he was 6. He went to a counselor for over a year to deal with his grief with no significant difference. When we heard about Camp Koala, we thought we would give it a shot! We are so glad we did...he met a lot of wonderful people who shared the same feelings he endures. He seems to have a better way of dealing with his grief and looks forward to returning to future camps! They participated in lots of fun activities as well as therapeutic activities!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Camp KOALA for the past eight years. It is truly a life-changing organization that continues to inspire. Thank you Camp Koala.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Selfless, compassionate time and energy to those who need it the most...in turn we realize we are blessed! Great organization with all the experience necessary to truly understand the needs of those who attend camp!

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The heart and soul of this organization is huge! The endless hours and dedication and decision not to pay rent and utilities but to use donations and funds raised for the purpose is so admirable!!!! Keep up the passion to serve the children and youth who have experienced loss and a void in their life.....

5 Kathryn14

Donor

Rating: 5

Talk about resilience! Despite facing some huge challenges last year, this organization rose from the ashes and is again providing outstanding support to many families who would otherwise be without. I have backed Camp Koala for years and with Lisa at its helm again I will continue to do so. Such great people doing wonderful work! Thank you for your dedication and devotion!

Previous Stories
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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been blessed to meet the fine, selfless people who volunteer their time and energy and the wonderful individuals who have participated in from Camp Koala. This is an amazing organization which helps not just children, but families heal. The benefits will be felt for generations!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

First I want to thank you for the wonderful program you have created! It is such a valuable resource to the kids of the community. My son LOVED his time this past weekend and we feel he benefited from being around other kids who have also lost a loved one. So thank you!!!

Donor

Rating: 2

My company and family donated to this organization in 2015. Two months later, I heard the camps were cancelled. I went to the office to talk with the Director, the office was closed and clearly vacant. I later learned that the organization had moved to another city that is more than two hours away from my small business. Feeling disappointed and misled. From the other reviews, I see they do some good work. I haven't heard back after leaving several messages and can't find the board members listed on the company website.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We just wanted to thank all of you for providing our foster daughter with an absolutely fantastic weekend. We expected to pick up the same unhappy, troubled child we dropped off on Friday night. WOW! We were so pleasantly surprised. Our daughter, who claims to dislike a great deal of life and people, loved her experience at the camp! She was matched with the "perfect" counselor and had such a positive experience. We know a weekend didn't fix everything with her, but it did make a major difference in her. It is a difference she will remember and she talks of helping others in the future. We have tried therapists and youth advocates, but something about Camp Koala really had a major impact on her. Anyway, we just wanted to thank all of you for all your time and effort-you really make a difference in these children's lives! Thanks!!!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Camp Koala is making a huge difference in our community. I am proud to support this wonderful charity!

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for saving my family.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was a privilege to attend the camp as their photographer. Seeing the kids and all the volunteers through the lens of a camera is amazing! What the camp does for the children is truly amazing and inspiring. To see the children laugh, play and socialize and to capture that special moment will always be one of the most special highlights of my life!

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the honor of being a volunteer at Camp Koala this year located at Camp Thompson. What I witnessed was beyond amazing. What Camp Koala does is hard to put into words. It takes a very serious topic, grief, and presents it to children and teens in a way that helps them learn how to process, understand, and work through it. The people I met at this camp are unlike any I have seen, they are truly dedicated, passionate, giving, and have so much to teach.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After I went (to the Family Workshop) I had a healthier way of dealing with my Mom's illness, and enjoyed hearing others share. A very worth while time for me, and I hope the program grows and reaches out to the community.