Sunday, June 7, 2009

Social Cause Sunday: #1

While one of my blog friends, Becca, is away at camp, I thought a "camp theme" would be a great way to start my Social-Cause Sunday posts!

I am a huge outdoorsy person. I love to hike, rockclimb, run, waterski, swim, etc. Everything except mountain biking I am really into. I love it so much that the only thing I wanted to do for my bachelorette party was waterski or rockclimb. Happily, i got to waterski! It was a blast!

Anyway, back to camp. I was so so blessed to be able to spend three out of the four "collegiate" summers working as a camp counselor at two amazing Christian camps. I wish I had some of those photos online because they are hilarious. When I worked at Camp All-American, I was one of their Ropes Course specialty instructors--agh! i loved it!

Then, I was blessed beyond measure to be a counselor in the marvelous Pike's Peak National Forest at Eagle Lake Camps in Colorado Springs, CO. If you've never been--go! God's majesty is on display in those mountains! It is unreal. Seriously, I could talk about how awesome that camp is for about a year and still get excited. For right now, I'm looking forward to the day C turns 8 so she can go to camp at ELC!

Have you ever been to camp? If not, do you remember getting to be outdoors during the summer and just running wild and free? Unfortunately there are many many kids who will never experience a summer outside of a busy, hot, stifling city. Unless, of course, they are chosen to be a part of the Fresh Air Fund.

Fresh Air Fund is a non-profit organization that has been around since 1877. Yes! It has really been around for 132 years--isn't that crazy? Its mission is to provide free summer experiences in the country to New York City children from disadvantaged communities (to date, they've given more than 1.7 million children this opportunity!). Each year, thousands of children visit volunteer host families in 13 states and Canada through the Friendly Town Program or attend Fresh Air Fund camps.

If you live in the New England area, they are still looking for host families. If you don't live anywhere close, maybe consider donating to help an inner-city child have the summer of their life!

Here is just a little taste, 1920's style, of what the Fresh Air Fund is all about:

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Becca said...

what a cool cause! :-) and so very close to my heart - I love it!!!

Life with Kaishon said...

That IS a great cause. I love that so much. We try to bring as many kids as we can to our home in the summer just to get out of the city for a tiny bit!