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May 10, 2013

CAMpers to assist kids ranch, nonprofits

NORMAN — Community Action Mission, a nonprofit service agency, will offer its 14th year of CAMps this summer.

CAMpers participating in the May 29 through June 1 CAMp will help Cornerstone Kids Ranch in Ada prepare for seven weeks of elementary day camps. Activities will include painting, weed eating, cleaning horse stalls and tack, setting up and preparing craft tents and clearing trails.

CAMpers participating in the June 26-29 CAMp, hosted by Ariel Church, and the Aug. 7-10 CAMp, hosted by Antioch Community Church, will do service projects more like traditional CAMps that have hosted for the past 13 years.

“The participants will help several nonprofit agencies such as East Main Place, HUGS for Soldiers, Oklahoma City Regional Food Bank, Feed the Children, Skyline Urban Ministries, Center for Children and Families, and Food and Shelter, as well as assisting individual widows and hospice patients in the Norman/Oklahoma City area at each CAMp,” said Donna Hooper, CAM executive director. “Many nonprofit agencies are severely underfunded, thus needful tasks that are secondary to an agency’s primary mission are left undone. This is where CAM’s young ministers step in.”

CAM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit service agency.

“Participants will once again ‘put skin on the Gospel’ by putting their faith into action to serve those in need,” Hooper said.

Since it’s inception, CAM has volunteered more than 24,495 hours through the monthly volunteer opportunities and summer CAMps.

“We have already hosted 40 CAMps since 1999 and have had 64 different churches represented through the participants,” Hooper said.

CAM also has helped more than 75 different nonprofit organizations, dozens of senior citizens and many hospice patients with special projects and needs.

“In one year’s time, an average of 175 participants come through the program,” Hooper said. “About half of our CAMpers are from low-income families. CAMps are offered free of charge to all participants, opening doors for community leadership and ministry to youth for whom it is often otherwise inaccessible.”

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