ADELPHIA – Camp Quality New Jersey, a volunteer-driven, community-funded non-profit organization providing free sleep-away camping experiences for children with cancer, is seeking volunteers for its summer 2013 session from June 22-June 27. The session is held at a camp off I-80 in Sussex County.
Volunteers are needed to serve as companions, as well as in support and medical positions.
At camp, each child is matched with a volunteer companion. “Companions are an important part of the camp’s success, ensuring that children receive individualized attention and are well cared for while they are away from family members,” explained Jane Vaughn, Co-Director.
All companions go through extensive training and must meet stringent criteria before being matched. “Special care is given to matching to ensure that the companion is emotionally capable of attending to the needs of the camper and that the camper benefits from the experience and relationship that will carry throughout the year, beyond the summer camping experience,” added Sharon Goldman, co-director.
Interested volunteers must complete an online application. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and one year out of high school at camp time. In addition, volunteers must provide three references, pass a “Police Record Check” and complete a personal interview in Freehold. Once selected, volunteers must participate in a full day of training in Freehold on a designated training day in May.
Interviews will be held at CentraState Medical Center in Freehold on Sunday, March 17 at a.m.; Wednesday, April 3 at 6 p.m.; Monday, April 22 at 6 p.m.; and Saturday, May 4 at 10 a.m.
For more information about Camp Quality New Jersey including an application to volunteer, visit www.campqualityusa.org/nj or call 1-732-642-9238.