My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Camp Horizon Inc, Decatur, GA, USA
24 months ago I had never heard of Camp Horizon. I worked for a company that valued service to the community and I learned about them through that program. I really wanted to help and decided to give it a try....I'm hooked for life.
This is my second year and I was amazed at the difference we make in these children's lives. It was there for me to see from last year to this year. The confidence, self-esteem, and respect for others that we help instill in each child. Each kid is different and they all have unique needs but each kid I have met in the program benefits in some way. They learn to trust again and be open to the possibility of a bright future. I can only speak for myself, but I feel Camp Horizon gives the campers and volunteers hope for the future. Breaking the cycle of dysfunction is so important to these kids at an early age. This program makes such an impact on kids that will be members of society for dozen's of years. To me there is no greater investment we could make. I wish we could bring every kid in foster care to camp and we had the resources and people-power to make it happen. I have personally witnessed miraculous changes in these kids from just 2 volunteer trips to camp. They have grown in great ways and with our help, allowed them to embrace their strengths, avoid bad life decisions, and understand good core values that will allow them to be happy in life (giving of themselves, compassion, empathy, dealing with negative feelings in a healthy way, setting goals and achieving them, etc).
I do not begrudge any other charity out there that helps children, but Camp Horizon is a program that is proven to work and help kids onto productive, rewarding, and happy lives. There is no greater gift that you could give a child that is hurt, confused, and neglected. The staff and support volunteers are also incredible in helping to ensure that camp is focused on each child's development and fun. Working here for the second year and seeing the older kids graduate has inspired me to join the next phase of the charity's efforts which is LDP (Leadership Development Program). This is where the 12 to 18 year olds are mentored further and taught life skills they will need in the world. I really want to see these kids succeed and do whatever I can to ensure that happens.
No program is perfect or 100% successful but I feel that Camp Horizon embodies the the best blend of love, compassion, coaching, structure, self-esteem, emotional coping skills, healthy decision making, and purposeful living that I have ever been a part of. I have never felt more alive and fulfilled as I have at Camp Horizon.
Review for Camp Horizon Inc, Decatur, GA, USA
I signed up to be a Camp Counselor for a week and I cannot say enough things about this organization and the impact it had on the kids that attended. The kids and the program are truly inspirational. What they do is not a band-aid for kids in pain. It truly shows all of the kids that there is hope and people (especially adults) who want them to succeed and grow up to be good people with lives of their own. The week I spent as a counselor taught me so much about myself and how wonderful and resilient children can be. Camp Horizon gives every kid the self-respect, courage, and support that they need or maybe are not getting in their regular lives. The 1 to 1 ratio of campers and counselors is crucial in ensuring that every kid not only has fun but has a great role model that is focused on them for the entire week of camp. Many of these kids are not used to that level of adult attention and supervision. Each child reacts differently to this but ultimately I witnessed every kid change just over the course of a week. They began respecting themselves and those around them. They got to experience a true community and see how everyone helps out and does their part. The staff and support people behind the scenes love everyone of these kids and it was so evident that everyone there is focused on the mission of Camp Horizon and reaching as many kids as they can. As I mentioned earlier, there is 1 to 1 counselor to camper ratio. This means that volunteers like me are in short supply. This could use more than donations and sponsors...every charity can but ultimately Camp Horizon succeeds with the donation of people's time. That is what really made the difference for each camper...not money, or toys, or other material items....but dedicated time from a responsible adult spent with each child is what allows them to see that there is another way in life and that there are reliable, trustworthy people in this world that want to help them. PLEASE PLEASE consider donating your time so that Camp Horizon can reach more children in the future. This group of people is truly helping kids that are going to lead long lives. Preparing them for that life and how to deal with its ups and downs is crucial to their success...this is what Camp Horizon does so very well.
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