Corporate and Civic Groups Key to Camp Hope, Kickball Tournament, and Prom Success

July 27th, 2015

The Arc of Essex County Day Program’s Prom, the coveted kickball tournament championship, and seven weeks of fun and sun at Camp Hope are spring and summer highlights for many of the individuals who attend day and recreation programs offered by The Arc of Essex County.  This year, The Arc was excited to share participants’ experiences with groups of volunteers from corporate and civic organizations who hailed from Massachusetts to Florida.  The groups’ participation helped each program run more smoothly and enhanced the experiences for program attendees.

From June 16th – 18th, three separate groups of volunteers from Vivint volunteered their time at Camp Hope to put the final touches on the facilities before camp opening on the 29th.  The group of volunteers, all from Florida but working out of Florham Park for the summer, assembled furniture and recreation equipment, organized the arts & crafts room, and thoroughly cleaned the classrooms and kitchens in advance of the Camp Hope open house.   The spouse support group for Vivint employees, Elevate, returned to camp in mid-July to facilitate arts & crafts projects and games for the campers.  Both groups of volunteers brought their high-energy, enthusiastic efforts to ensure the best experiences for campers this summer.

On June 23rd, volunteers from Prudential continued to volunteer their time with The Arc of Essex County.  After joining The Arc at the 17th Annual Building Tomorrows 5k Run, 2-Mile Walk, and Family Fun Fest in April, Prudential employees were excited to join day program participants at the annual prom themed “Shining Stars.”  Volunteers helped set up, serve food, and danced the afternoon away with prom goers.  Prudential volunteers would return to The Arc of Essex County in early August to serve up popcorn, snow cones, and cotton candy during Camp Hope’s annual carnival.

The week of July 13th brought a group of teenagers and their chaperones from St. Mary’s Church in Shrewsbury, Mass. to The Arc of Essex County for a week of service coordinated through the Archdiocese of Newark.  The group spent their first day assisting with the Day Programs’ kickball tournament in Branch Brook Park in Newark.  The next three days included games and fun with campers at Camp Hope.  The group rounded out the week at the Community Link day program helping declutter, organize, and thoroughly clean areas that desperately needed it.

“The student volunteers were bright, warm, friendly, polite, and extremely hard working throughout their time here,” said Liz Eisen, Program Manager at Community Link.  “We felt truly honored and blessed to have the pleasure of their company and assistance to make our building a better place for all to enjoy.”

The Arc of Essex County would like to extend our sincere thanks to all of the volunteers who have joined us this year.  If you have a group of individuals and/or colleagues who would like to volunteer your time with The Arc, please fill out the volunteer interest form on our website:  www.arcessex.org/volunteer.   We look forward to welcoming you to The Arc Family!