October 16, 2017

It takes a village (of volunteers!)

YMCA Camp Wewa has a special opportunity upon us. On Saturday, October 21, 2017, our camp will be flooded with over 800 volunteers made up of Lockheed Martin employees, friends and family. Every year Lockheed Martin picks an organization to donate their time and resources to for their Day of Caring event. This year YMCA Camp Wewa will be the benefactor of this company-led initiative.

With initial planning efforts extending all the way back to December of 2016, this event has been a long time in the making. Beginning talks were fueled by considering what Camp Wewa needs and this list of projects and improvements began to materialize, figuratively and literally! Once we shared our blue sky vision of what could take our “rustic” facility and operations to the next level; plans were formed and supply lists were created. With the longevity of our property that has been well loved by campers, alumni, and rental groups throughout the years, the re-fresh that Lockheed Martin is providing will be more than welcomed.

Projects during the Day of Caring will range from painting, cleaning cabins, clearing brush and trails, all the way to building a new volleyball court, laying a new dining hall floor and installing an audio/video system in our outdoor pavilion. Seeing all of this come to fruition in a mere few hours will be quite the sight to behold. As with anything—when you have enough hands, (and hearts!) you can accomplish so much.

Here at the YMCA of Central Florida, we guide our programming and ourselves through our YMCA core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and Faith. A Day of Caring falls right in-line with what we do in our communities of Central Florida through our family centers, elementary school, middle school and camp programs. We are excited to pay forward what Lockheed Martin is doing for us as we continue to promote youth development, healthy living and social responsibility here at YMCA Camp Wewa.

-Sarah Seaman, Director of Camp Wewa