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VACC Camp, An Exceptional Volunteer Opportunity
Miami Children's Hospital welcomes community volunteers' participation
in its annual VACC camp session.
VACC camp is a free, week-long, community-based camp program providing
recreation and social support for families with children dependent on
oxygen, tracheostomies and/or ventilators. Several families from up-state
and from out-of-state sleep over every year. Many local families participate
as day campers each year.
The ventilation assisted children served are medically stable, cognitively
normal, living at home, and many attending public school. But their opportunities
for recreation and socializing are limited compared to children unencumbered
by dependency on medical technology.
VACC camp supports the transition to home care by focusing on wellness
rather than illness. Families experience a revitalizing sense of normalcy
and community, freedom, capacity and acceptance. Rx: Hometown Hospitality.
Our campsite is the Leisure Access at A.D. Barnes Park, S.W. 72nd Avenue,
just north of Bird Road. VACC camp takes place every year during public
school's spring break.
Before VACC Camp starts, set-up volunteers (8:30 a.m. - finish) ready
the camp for occupancy, cleaning, making beds, stocking the frig, storing
other supplies, and decorating with welcome signs and balloons.
Once camps is over, Break-down volunteers (7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.), help
staff pack, pick up & return supplies and equipment to storage.
During the camp session, volunteers are needed all hours from 7:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
They are needed to be our campers companions on a daily basis, to help with meal preparation, serving and cleaning, keeping the campsite tidy, picking up supplies and donations, and generally standing by to help wherever an extra hand is needed.
Special volunteers are also needed to facilitate special activities -
swim sessions, the beach field trip, the night of parents' dinner out,
or carnival night.
If you're interested and have some time to give, there's a place for you
at VACC Camp.
To become a volunteer, or for more information:
VACC program coordinator: