Day 5 – our last day of camp. After a week-long schedule full of volunteer activities, it’s safe to say we were all ready to relax. This group of campers will certainly be missed as they were always ready to work hard and do good. It’s our hope they each found a cause or organization to be passionate about and pursue long after camp is finished.
Our theme for the day was Reaching Out. Sometimes volunteering can be as easy as reaching out to a neighbor or a friend, bringing joy and smiles, or a helping hand. Connecting with the people in our community is important to its success. That morning, we made it our goal to make a new friend (or two, or three, or more!) while visiting Legacy Village, an assisted living facility for seniors. We started the morning with group chair calisthenics to get us moving, followed by a short devotional to get us in the spirit. Crafts were next on the list: making cheerio bird feeders, and Flag Day decorations. Campers also worked outside cleaning and weeding the patios, washing the vans, and hanging our specially made bird feeders. We even got to play a game of Bingo – a favorite for all! But mostly we spent time socializing, talking, and sharing stories, young and old. By the end of the morning, our goal was complete, hugs were shared, and we’re hopeful the campers will return to visit their new friends in the future.
After lunch at Cherokee Lake thanks to beautiful weather, we celebrated the end of our week of volunteer experiences at Doug’s Roll-A-Rink with kids from Ventures & Connections (a program of The Vashti Center) which helps children and adolescents create a positive future and develop social skills in a safe, nurturing environment.
At the end of the day, we had great discussion about the many different volunteer activities we completed, what we liked – and even what we didn’t. We voted on our most favorite activity…can you guess?! It came down to two: working with animals, and spending time with seniors. The winner by a landslide? Seniors! Turns out this group was “people” people, and that gives us all the feels! Our future is in good hands.
We are so thankful for all the non-profits we visited this week, their good work, and allowing us to be a part of it. A big thanks to all the parents and campers for making it such a great week! We hope to see all of you volunteering in the community again soon.
Thank you to everyone who participated, and to all of our donors, especially Diamond Level & Above Sponsors Ashley HomeStore and Ms. Diane W. Parker; and our friends at the Thomasville Antiques Show Foundation.