MDA Seeks Volunteers for 2009 Summer Camp
TUCSON, AZ - The Muscular Dystrophy Association is searching for volunteer counselors to assist and befriend youngsters with muscular dystrophy and related diseases at weeklong MDA summer camps across the country.
Applicants must be at least 16 years old and able to lift and care for a young person between the ages of 6 and 17. Each volunteer counselor becomes a companion to a camper with a muscle disease and helps with daily activities such as eating, bathing and dressing. Counselors also assist campers with recreational activities such as arts and crafts, swimming and horseback riding.
At no charge to families, MDA's summer camp program serves more than 4,000 campers nationwide, with more than 5,000 volunteers making it possible.
In 2008, MDA held 90 camp sessions at 75 locations in 43 states and Puerto Rico. There were 400 medical staff members, 295 of whom were volunteers. It costs the Association $800 to send one child to camp.
To obtain a volunteer application or learn about other ways to support MDA's summer camp program, call your local MDA office at (800) 572-1717. More information about summer camp volunteers can be found at www.mda.org/clinics/camp.
MDA is a voluntary health agency working to defeat muscular dystrophy and related diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive services, advocacy, and far-reaching professional and public health education.
The Associationís programs are funded almost entirely by individual private contributors.
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