My Dear Friends,

The heart of a volunteer is never measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others.

While we love shining a light on our volunteers all year round, we love shining that light a little brighter during National Volunteer Week. Last year alone, we filled 1,050 volunteer shifts. We were also able to invite more people to join us in-person, while still being safe!

We have continued to see an overwhelming number of people wanting to help and give back, even during a pandemic. I came across a term called “Volunesia,” which is defined as “that moment when you forget you’re volunteering to help change lives, because it’s changing yours.” I know how much that statement holds true for so many of our volunteers, and it is a beautiful thing to see!

There are few things that I could (without exaggerating) say have completely changed my life, but Camp is one of those things! It has changed the way I view the world, my patience for others, the way I provide care to children as their nurse, and, my ability to understand my patients’ parents and how they are affected as well. I have met some of my dearest friends, coworkers, role models and mentors at camp and will be forever grateful. ~Program/Medical Volunteer

I want to take this opportunity to shine a light on the recent organizing of the Camp Korey Club at The University of Washington. Two wonderful UW students who were on Summer Staff last summer, decided to start this club as the new school year started in the Fall of 2021.

They saw the massive benefit of having this club, to spread the word about Camp Korey and get more UW students involved. Co-founder Abby Miranda, in starting this organization, said she “hopes to inspire others to get involved with this wonderful local opportunity and help Camp serve as many kids as possible in need.”

Camp Korey is so fortunate to have a wide-array of volunteer roles, which means we are able to have a variety of different individuals, groups, companies, etc. join us in those different roles. We had groups such as the Mount Vernon Rotary who continue to do multiple volunteer days with us each year.

Another company that was able to volunteer at camp for a Facilities Volunteer Day this past year, who had done some remote projects for us in the past, was Baird – a Wealth Management Company. Thank you to the many groups who have joined us!

We are forever grateful for the many volunteers we have each year. Thank you to every single person who has helped create the magic that is Camp Korey. Like a stone dropped into a still pond, every volunteer creates a positive ripple that extends outward, bringing joy to the lives of our campers and families.

Happy National Volunteer Week to every single Camp Korey volunteer – I know it’s cliché, but it is also 100% true, we could not do what we do without all of you! Please know that when we count our blessings, we count you twice!

With Gratitude,

Paige Mackintosh

Camp Korey Volunteer Manager