We wanted to take a moment to thank you for everything you’ve done for Camp Acorn. Some of you may be currently volunteering, or just recently submitted an application, while others haven’t heard from us in quite awhile.
This past week was National Volunteer Week and it had us thinking a lot about the impact our volunteers have made on our campers and our community. At it’s heart, Camp Acorn is a volunteer based organization.
Many of you may not know this, but Cathy Carisi, our founder and Executive Director, started volunteering as a teenager and her goal in starting Camp Acorn was not only to help support our campers, but also give our volunteers a great experience that is both challenging and fun. We just wanted to bring out the best in everyone and it’s people like you that have brought out the best in Camp Acorn.
Since Camp Acorn opened in September of 2001, we have had over 5000 volunteers come to see our campers, get to know them, and share in the camp experience of learning, growing, and having fun. While many of our volunteers are middle school and high school students, we also have more college students and adults coming to help as well. The youngest volunteers have been around 10 years old, and the oldest were retirees in their 60’s. Everyone is welcome at camp and that diversity has been one of our greatest strengths.
We currently have over 300 unique volunteers per year now. While many of them come from Bergen county, we also have volunteers from Passaic county, New York state, and groups from as far as Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Kearny NJ, as well as corporate volunteers from companies like Stryker Spine, Best Buy in Woodland Park, KPMG, Bank of America, and others.
It’s a special time at Camp Acorn as we are currently working on expanding services for our campers. We’re also increasing our efforts to strengthen current relationships as well as develop new ones with service clubs, schools, businesses and other organizations and have new events like our Go Nuts Rush! 5K on April 29th.
We never would have come this far if it wasn’t for the time and energy you’ve given to camp. It all comes down to our campers and volunteers, and the energy and the magic that they create together at Camp Acorn.
We hope you understand how much we appreciate your efforts on behalf of our campers, our organization, and our camp community. Together, we have done great things so far and the future looks very bright!
Much love and respect,
~ Camp Acorn