United in Harmony, Camp Harmony has been in my life for the last 22 years. I started as a volunteer Counselor in my sophomore year in high school and have continued volunteering ever since. The love and dedication has to children experiencing poverty is immense. Their overnight sleep away camp allows children to get away from the stresses of their daily lives and give them a chance to just be kids. The campers are surrounded by incredible positive role models that help them strive for more.
UNITED IN HARMONY provides a much needed service to kids living in shelters and transitional housing in the Los Angeles area. The cornerstone of our program is our semi annual Camp Harmony, where kids get the chance to spend much needed time away from the pressures and problems of their day- to -day lives, while getting much needed lessons, esteem building, and other enriching activities, including sports, arts, theatre, swimming lessons and everything else a summer camp can offer. Every camper goes home with a new pair of shoes, a sleeping bag and pillow, toiletries and clothes to get him through the school year. We rustle up these donations from scratch every single year. Throughout the year our counselors follow up with these kids through our leadership and mentoring program, planning holiday parties, events, field trips and all sorts of enriching activities for the campers and their families. And now we come to what makes our program truly unique. Our counselors, are high school students who volunteer their time and actually pay their own way for the experience of helping needy children. The training and life lessons our counselors receive is indescribable. We hear daily from their parents, who thank us for teaching their kids to be kind, to be grateful and to know the joy of doing good deeds. We have counselors who have changed their college majors, who come back year after year, flying home from universities around the country, to be there for Camp Harmony. It is a win win. Camp is located on the gorgeous grounds of Wilshire Blvd Temple Camps in Malibu, on Pacific Coast Highway. Its a life-changing experience for everyone that spends a day there. Come throw a ball around with our campers, have lunch and feel the love. If you would like to volunteer or donate goods, services, or would like more information, you can check out our website at www.UNITEDINHARMONY.ORG