April 25th, 2012
For many of us going to camp was an exciting adventure where we got to meet new people, and experience new things. It’s a place where we grew and made memories. But for many youth in West Michigan, camp is a luxury and families cannot afford to send their children to camp. Their summers are spent at home within the confines of their city block where there is little access to enrichment opportunities, nature, healthy food, and the attention of caring role-models.
Billy’s story is a new beginning and the start of a journey that will continue to provide him the confidence to lead and succeed in life. Shy and awkward he came to camp last year for the first time ever. The staff could tell he lacked confidence, exhibited low self-esteem and had a hard time making new friends. His cabin counselors encouraged him to sing in the talent show, try the high ropes, and provided him with opportunities to lead his cabin group. Billy experienced the high ropes and loved it! He sang a solo, and even led camp songs during meals with the staff. He helped dissolve a bullying situation in his cabin with his new found self-confidence. After his first week, he begged us to come back again for another session. We couldn’t say no and had him back again the next week.
At the end of camp season, Billy wrote us saying, “Thank you for letting me come to camp again, it was awesome! I met some new people, made some new friends, and I hope I can go back!”
Volunteer Spotlight: Vincent M. Davis
April 24th, 2012
- Where were you born?
- Grand Rapids, MI
- Where did you attend school?
- Ottawa Hills High School
- Michigan State University
- List at least three fun facts about you:
- I am a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.
- I am the youngest of three siblings.
- I do not like cheese, but I love pizza!
- What are some of your hobbies?
- I enjoy playing basketball and football.
- I travel to a new place at least once a year.
- I participate in community service regularly.
- Do you have a favorite quote?
“Shoot for the moon and if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” ~Les Brown/ Beanie Sigel
6. Please share a story with us at your volunteer site.
As a past member of the formerly known “Seidman Center Youth Commonwealth”, I am overly enthused by the strides and lasting impact the Seidman Boys & Girls Club is making in our community. Students from various schools have the opportunity to take full advantage of the multiple resources, teams, and activities offered. I am very appreciative of the voluntary position I serve in and I am truly amazed by the young talented girls I work with on the basketball team. I recognize the growth of each player on the team as well as other students I interact with at the Boys & Girls Club. I am very glad I am able to help others, as staff of the Center helped me as a youth in the community. Overall, volunteering at the Seidman Boys & Girls Club has been a beneficial experience not only for me but for all of the staff and students involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth.