"With summer on the horizon, this is the time of year that I start to get nervous about filling the camp's requirement for volunteer workers," admits Dr. Stuart Kaplan, executive director of the Children's Oncology Camp Foundation that makes Camp Mak-A-Dream possible. "We have plenty of applications from female volunteers, but need about 20 more males as it stands right now."
The camp, which is located in western Montana, provides a variety of activities for participants, including outdoor activities such as swimming, field sports, fishing, and horseback riding, as well as arts, crafts and music. These programs are made possible largely through the efforts of volunteers, age 18 and above, who sign up for a week's commitment of time. To help fill some of its current manpower needs, the camp is looking toward its long-time partner, the collision repair industry.
"The camp is very special to us and our support is very special to them, so let's have the male support come from our industry," says Chuck Sulkala, executive director of the National Auto Body Council (NABC), which initiated the industry's partnership with the camp. "A feeling of satisfaction and fulfillment comes with helping these kids that you won't find anywhere else - once you see what you have contributed to your life will change forever.
"I encourage interested men to contact CMD soon, or if you know of someone that might be willing to help, let them know of this wonderful opportunity. I would really like to see a great show of support from our industry as we continue to help others."
For more information on Camp Mak-A-Dream's volunteer program, visit www.campdream.org and click on the "Dates and Applications" link. Or call NABC toll-free at (888) 66-PRIDE, by toll-free fax at (866) 498-7433 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit NABC at www.autobodycouncil.org.