For the past 86-summers, Camp Goodwill has offered a month-long camping experience to Siouxland kids, who wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity. But, organizers admit, without volunteer help, the camp couldn't keep the cost low enough to serve so many kids.
Sabrina Jolin, St. Luke's College Student said, "It's been pretty awesome. It's kinda nice to come out and help." First-year nursing student Sabrina Jolin spent her morning staining one of the Camp Goodwill cabins as part of St. Luke's College's annual "service day." It's place she knows pretty well. She was a camper, here, eight-years ago. Sabrina Jolin, St. Luke's College Student said, "It was awesome."
Every brush stroke brought back memories. Sabrina Jolin, St. Luke's College Student said, "Just what I did while I was here, and all the fun I had." And, the work these students do goes a long way to keeping costs low for campers. What would cost up to $350 a week is cut to just $20 thanks to a little sweat equity. Steve Moore, Camp Goodwill Director said, "We can maintain that by having groups, like St. Luke's College, and others that come in, and do donations, and do stuff to perpetuate this camp."
For some, it's a chance to give, and receive. Michelle Barta, St. Luke's College Assistant Professor said, "And, it's something that I've always, throughout my life, have instilled in my children and enjoyed for myself. It makes me feel fulfilled."
And, for Sabrina, it's a chance to pay back the kindness she was shown, and also pay it forward. Sabrina Jolin, St. Luke's College Student said, "I'm actually pretty happy that I did come to Camp Goodwill. Now that I came, and did this service day, other kids get a chance to experience what I experienced eight years ago."
In the last decade, St. Luke's College students and staff have done more than 5,200 man hours of work on community projects during their annual "service day."
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