Monthly Archives: October 2015

Family volunteers form lasting bonds

Sarah Wright-Walstrom was looking for an activity for her family to participate in over the summer that would allow them to do good while spending quality time together. After hearing about True Friends through a ‘Doing Good Together’ newsletter, Sarah decided camp was the place for them. Sarah, her husband, Dave, and three sons, ages 7, 10 and 12, spent a week volunteering during the last week of camp at Camp Courage this past summer.

Dave and the two older boys assisted in a cabin of 11 campers, who were mostly active and verbal. They enjoyed assisting the campers with games, arts and crafts, sports and waterfront activities. Sarah noted that she was particularly impressed with how much her sons were able to learn about differences and appreciate people as individuals. They learned about respect and patience while assisting the campers and felt a sense of accomplishment from the week.

Sarah and her youngest son were placed in a cabin of seven older campers, many of whom were nonverbal and only one of which was ambulatory. At first, Sarah felt overwhelmed and ready to give up. By the end of the week, she had formed lifelong bonds with several of the campers. One of her favorite memories was taking the cabin to the zip line. She had a great time and was thrilled to see the group so happy and excited about an activity.

Since camp, Sarah and her family have embraced several of the campers they met into their family. Neither camper has family close by, so Sarah has found time to visit them, take them to lunch or out of their homes for the day and call them on the phone [...]

Give to the Max Day 2015

Support Camp Scholarships!

**UPDATE: We raised a total of $4,705 through this year’s efforts… Thank you!**

What is Give to the Max Day?

GTMD15LogoHorizontalColorSafeGive to the Max Day was created in 2009 to launch GiveMN, a collaborative venture led by Minnesota Community Foundation and many other organizations committed to helping make our state a better place. That initial spark touched off a blast of online giving — $14 million in 24 hours. Since then, Give to the Max Day has become an annual tradition. Every year thousands of organizations and individuals generate donations and excitement for Minnesota causes that are working to improve the quality of life for all Minnesotans. Give to the Max Day has become a national model for giving days.

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2015 GTTM Day

This year, our goal is to send as many kids and adults to camp as possible. At True Friends, we never want to turn anyone away because of an inability to pay. Your donation supports financial aid for individuals of all abilities to experience life-changing adventures that enhance independence and self-esteem.

2014 GTTM Day

Last year we worked to raise money to fund a custom, multi-sensory playground for Camp Eden Wood. We are excited to announce that all of the permits have been secured and we are working towards a ground-breaking date!