By Kimberly Paulk, Senior Connector at SHARECharlotte.com, a free, easy and local website that makes it easy to learn about and engage with our local nonprofits
“Never underestimate your ability to make someone else’s life better, even if you never know it.” ― Greg Louganis
What happens to a summer camp when it’s not summer? Camp Blue Skies has the answer – they turn under-utilized facilities into a very special opportunity for adults with cognitive and developmental disabilities to attend camp themselves.
Campers age 21 and older, who may have never had an opportunity to attend a “sleep away” camp, have the chance to make new friends, have new experiences and learn new skills that foster individual independence. It’s often a life-changing experience, not just for campers but for the many volunteers that help out. With a volunteer return rate of 110% (volunteers not only come back, but bring their friends along) you know it’s a special place.
Volunteers can get involved for the week, or on a daily basis. Check out the opportunities below or visit SHARE Charlotte for more information.
Day Volunteer – Join the campers for one or more days and help with activities.
Camp Nurse – Work with the Health Services Director to attend to the needs of the campers (perfect for a registered nurse).