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MDA wants summer volunteers

POSTED: May 17, 2007 5:02 a.m.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is seeking volunteers who are looking for a rewarding and unforgettable experience at MDA summer camp. Volunteer counselors are needed to help young people with neuromuscular diseases enjoy a fun-filled week of camp June 9-15 at New Ebenezer Retreat Center in Rincon.

Volunteer counselors must be at least 16 years old and able to lift and care for a young person between the ages of 6 and 21. Each counselor is paired with and becomes a companion to a child with neuromuscular disease. Counselors help their campers with daily activities such as eating, bathing and dressing and in recreational activities such as arts and crafts, sports and swimming.

At no charge to families, MDA’s summer camp program serves more than 4,000 campers nationwide in some 90 week-long sessions. Last year, over 4,700 volunteers helped make this all possible.

To obtain a volunteer application or learn about other ways to support MDA’s summer camp program, call the local MDA office in Charleston at (912) 354-9576 or call (800) 572-1717. More information about summer camp volunteers can be found on the MDA summer camp pages at www.mdausa.org/clinics/camp/index.cfm.

MDA is a voluntary health agency working to defeat more than 40 neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive services and far-reaching professional and public health education.

The Association’s programs are funded almost entirely by individual private contributors.

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