How do you become a volunteer?
You will be asked to complete Camp Care Volunteer Training which consists of “Grief 101”, “Children’s Grief” and Orientation to the Camp Care Camp Site. You will also need to sign Southeastern Hospice Volunteer application, a release for a Criminal Records check, and a statement regarding Confidentiality, including the responsibility to report abuse. A booklet of materials for review and preparation for the Volunteer Training Event on April 28, 2015 will be made available to you.
To become a volunteer, contact our Volunteer Leader Sheryl Taylor at 735-8915.
Volunteers Wonderful Stories
Audrey Cox has been a volunteer with Camp Care Bereavement Weekend for Children since discovering how special it is back in 1998. She has only missed two camps that she can remember: once when she graduated nursing school and when she got married. Even then she missed being with the children and her “family” of volunteers. In 2009, Audrey was presented the John Drake Distinguished Service Award, the highest SRMC employee honor given. In that presentation, Cox was pictured volunteering at many things, but named Camp Care as one of her chief outlets for showing compassion to her community.
Her reason for going to Camp Care? Audrey heard other friends, like long time volunteers Freda Pitman and Debbie Ayers, speak of what the weekend of service had meant to them. “Now, I see that the impact on my life is spiritual, like going to church; like being part of a family. When we all get back to camp each year, we meet another wonderful set of children. But, the volunteers have a reunion as well. We give hugs and know that we are there to share another great experience together.” Many of our volunteers have been multiple years of service, which makes the camp better and better. Audrey believes that you go there to get blessed by the feeling of making a connection. You are making a difference by having fun and making possible an outlet for grief expression. She also takes pride that she plans a little special fun for just her cabin of “Balloon Chaser” girls. Almost every year, she has been a counselor for the 8-10 year old group.
Cox believes that she has helped recruit approximately 10 adult volunteers who have had this experience. She states, “There’s a common thread here among volunteers. It’s hard to define, but I believe what we get from it is a spiritual cleansing and renewal. More and more, I hear our folks saying about volunteering at Camp Care, “I’m a lifer!” I’m coming back!” Audrey says, “I wouldn’t miss it. I’m a lifer.”