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    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED 

    The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) in Indianapolis, IN and Fort Wayne, IN need your help to continue providing a life-changing experience for kids fighting muscle disease at MDA summer camp. 

     

    As part of MDA’s mission to save and improve the lives of people fighting muscle disease, MDA provides a summer camp program for kids ages 6-17 — offered at no cost to their families. Each year, nearly 200 kids with muscle disease in Indiana attend MDA Summer Camp at Bradford Woods in Martinsville, IN and Camp Potawotami in Wolcotville, IN. Kids look forward to MDA camp year-round, and they almost all agree “it’s the best week of the year.”

     

    MDA summer camp opens up a world of possibilities and hope to kids with muscle disease who often experience limitations in life and daily activities. Kids living with muscle disease face many unique challenges. Muscle disease progressively weakens muscles, often taking away everyday abilities like running, walking, hugging and even breathing.

     

    MDA summer camp is a magical place where anything is possible for these special kids, but MDA needs caring people to volunteer as camp counselors (Must be 16 & older). MDA relies on the support and dedication of volunteer counselors who are by campers’ sides day and night so that they can do all the fun activities that summer camp offers. Counselors serve as a “buddy” for the week and participate in activities with the campers. They push wheelchairs, lift and transfer youngsters and provide assistance with daily living activities as needed.

     

    In addition to bringing joy to our campers, this is an amazing opportunity for students in your class to gain hands-on experience in education, recreation, family social sciences and medical professions. As camp volunteers, they will acquire a week of experience working with children living with neuromuscular disease, as well as 140 volunteer hours. MDA staff and the camp medical team provide all of the medical training your students will need for the week. The only request we have is that your students enjoy working with kids, have an open heart, and that they are willing to learn. (Notes: Food and lodging are provided to our volunteers at no cost.)

     

    Approximately 90 percent of our camp volunteers are students from local colleges seeking a variety of majors and career paths. This is a great opportunity for them to build their résumés and gain hands-on experience. They also will be in a position to receive letters of recommendation supporting their applications for postgraduate opportunities. And, it really is a fun and memorable week for the campers and volunteers, alike.

     

    Camp Dates:

     

    YMCA Camp Potawotami (Wolcottville, IN)

    June 3rd – June 9th

     

    Bradford Woods (Martinsville, IN)

    July 22nd – July 28th

     

    If your students would like more information, please tell them they can contact me directly at slford@mdausa.org or (317) 824-4800 for more information.

     

     

    Sincerely,

     

     

    Shelby Ford

    Family Care Specialist

    Muscular Dystrophy Association of Central Indiana

    9100 Purdue Road, Suite 203

    Indianapolis, IN 46268

    o: 317.824.4800 | f: 317.824.4809

     

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