The United Way of Dickinson County will kick off the 2013 campaign on Saturday, Sept. 28.
West County Mart will host the Kick-Off lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The $5 meal will include hot dog, chips, drink and ice cream. All proceeds benefit the United Way of Dickinson County.
United Way profile
Agency: Active Healthy Self (AHS) Camp
Contact: Shirley Meyer, organizer
Street Address: 505 Sand Ln, Herington, KS 67449
Phone: 785-258-3870(H) 785-366-0432(C)e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. How many people does your organization serve?
A. Generally the camp is limited to 100 participants, but in 2013 we registered 112.
Q. How many paid staff members do you have?
A. 10, we have two certified physical education teachers that organize and oversee the camp activities, and eight high school or college age youth that directly carry out the activities with the youth of the camp.
Q. How much does your organization receive from the United Way?
Q. How many volunteers do you have and what are some of the volunteer opportunities available?
A. 10 – (1) You can help prepare and serve snacks
(2) You may assist in group activities throughout the week of camp
(3) Assist with printing/distribution/collection/processing of registrations
(4) Chaperone the overnight camp out
Q. What does your organization do?
A. The Active Healthy Self (AHS) Camp is a week-long, half-day camp for youth entering Kindergarten through Grade 6 in Herington and surrounding communities. The focus of camp is to introduce campers to life-long sports such as golf, disc golf, badminton, relays, bowling and swimming and to instruct them about the importance of making healthy, active lifestyle choices. Each day campers are provided a healthy snack providing them new ideas for something simple, yet, healthy. The purpose of this camp is to teach youth the importance of engaging in daily exercise and making good nutrition choices in a fun, affordable, safe ennvironment.
Eight staff members of the camp, known as “coaches”, work directly with the youth giving guidance and encouragement as they learn new skills. These staff members are high school or college age youth who submit a job application with referneces and have an interview. This is a way to provide them with skills for seeking jobs and learining the importance of being present and on time for a postion they are hired for. They serve as role models for the camp particiapnts and develop relationships with the youth that are ongoning throughout the years.
Q. What does the United Way mean to you and your organization?
A. Without the support of the United Way, it would be difficult for camp to happen for these 100 youth. The camp will never be self supporting since we strive to make the registration affordable to all children. The camp does not solicit donations or do fund raisers but is totally dependent on grants.