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Summer Essentials at Camp Hamwi

Central Ohio Diabetes Association

PURPOSE

Camp Hamwi provides kids with diabetes all the adventures of summer camp in a supportive environment. Your gift will help provide a new storage solution, filled with everything from balls to art supplies to guarantee a fun-filled summer!

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RAISED $853.59
GOAL $5,000.00

Since 1968, Camp Hamwi has offered a fun, action-packed residential and day camp for young people with diabetes. Each summer, around 175 kids are encouraged to try new skills and explore their unique and individual potential in a fun environment that supports their health and success!

 

Central Ohio Diabetes Association (CODA), now part of LifeCare Alliance, partners with Camp Mohaven in Danville, Ohio to host Camp Hamwi each year. Because CODA doesn’t own the property, all of the camp equipment is stored at an off-site rental facility—at a constant expense! This Better Together campaign will supply campers with sports equipment, arts and crafts supplies, camping gear, and a storage pod that will eliminate the costs of storing and transporting equipment to camp each summer. This 8’x40’ storage unit will be permanently housed at camp.

 

Children with diabetes will be treating their condition the rest of their lives. In addition to traditional camp experiences, like horseback riding, archery, canoeing, nature crafts, and outdoor adventure programs, campers participate in activities that build their knowledge about their own diabetes. By teaching and practicing diabetes self-management techniques, kids learn essential skills that empower them to control their diabetes and avoid or reduce complications. These unique campers learn about nutrition and carbohydrate counting, insulin therapy, and blood-glucose monitoring, all in a recreational setting with peers who are navigating the same experiences.

Our amazing volunteers spend an exorbitant amount of time, energy, and resources moving our camp equipment from Columbus to Camp Hamwi each year. We are excited to get a storage unit so we have a secure, on-site space that is easily accessible and lets our volunteers do other fun activities for camp. Camp Hamwi campers are the best – and they deserve the best!"

 

 — Darlene Honigford, Camp Director

Your support will mean all kids at camp can play whatever they want, when they want, instead of waiting to take turns because there just isn’t enough equipment for everyone. Camp season is right around the corner—help us equip campers at Camp Hamwi with everything they need to enjoy camp!

 

Interested in volunteering? Volunteers are needed in mid-July to load a moving van with the supplies currently stored in the rental storage unit. Contact bettertogether@columbusfoundation.org to express your interest.

RECIPIENT ORGANIZATION

LifeCare Alliance

MISSION:

Lead the community in delivering health and nutrition services to meet the community’s needs by providing services to seniors and individuals living with a medical challenge or disability in central Ohio.

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Better Together projects are time-sensitive opportunities to improve our community, together. Whether this campaign falls short or exceeds its goal, all of the gifts made will go toward storage and equipment needs at Camp Hamwi.
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