A History of Giving: A Volunteer’s Perspective
As we continue the 10th Anniversary of the West without Borders fundraising campaign, let’s take a look back at what the partnership with Camp Victory. The partnership has existed formally for West since 2007 when “Uncle Walt’s Treehouse” was built thanks to donations from West team members, and informally for many volunteers long before that, has meant to team members from the Jersey Shore and Williamsport plants.
Camp Victory is an outlet for children to be comfortable in an environment focused around their needs. It means being part of something bigger than yourself. It takes a wealth of spirited, generous and dedicated people to build such a foundation. Camp Victory, to me, is a place where children with diverse abilities are acknowledged and accommodated. Where they are not confined to a life of doctors’ appointments, medications and illness, even if only for a short while. Where they can have fun in a safe environment suited for them. A place where they can function to their fullest potential and thrive like children should.
I have been volunteering at Camp Victory since 2007. Not only am I proud, but I am honored to be part of something so important to the lives of children. As a father of two, I hope to soon be able to share this experience with my children, to show them the true meaning of giving and receiving. Few things in life have proven to be more gratifying and rewarding than contributing to this exceptional organization.
We have an incredible workforce in Jersey Shore that reaches deep into their hearts and pockets to support Camp Victory. I have seen how touched everyone is when we run the campaigns and request donations. There are tears in their eyes as they watch the video and hear the stories of the children and the parents. I cannot speak for the employees on what Camp Victory means to them individually, however, I believe that their generous support speaks volumes. If I were to interpret this I would say that supporting Camp Victory provides the opportunity for those of us who can to give to those who are in need and in doing so, we realize we are touching a child and giving the moment in time where memories are made that will be cherished forever.
Human Resource Manager