In 2017, our Dorney Park Care Team joined the Volunteer Challenge of the Lehigh Valley.
The Volunteer Challenge is a corporate competition in which companies’ partner with local nonprofit agencies to complete sustainable projects. We were paired with Camelot for Children, in Allentown – after an amazing 2017 experience, we decided in 2018 we couldn’t part and that we would make a commitment to working with Camelot for Children in Volunteer Challenges to come.
If you’re unaware of what Camelot for Children is, it is an amazing nonprofit organization providing (free) year round social and educational opportunities to children with disabilities and chronic or terminal illnesses in a supportive, developmentally appropriate, enriching environment in order to make the magic of childhood accessible to children with unique needs.
From birthday parties to movie nights and Junior-Senior Prom, Camelot provides an atmosphere that is inclusive for all, with a medical staff always on property. Volunteers of High School age provide support and guidance as paired friends for Camelot’s children.
To kick-off the Challenge, Camelot provides us with a “wish-list” of what they need fixed or done around their property. I get to tag along with our VP of Maintenance & Construction (yes, we have one of those), and our Area Manager of Facilities (yes, we have one of those, too) and we walk through the wish list – and usually provide a few suggestions of our own.
The Scope of our 2019 Camelot for Children Project was to clean up the property, give some curbside appeal and fix a major construction issue they were having.
Our Dorney Park Care Team took over Camelot’s Facility on April 18, 2019 from hanging new signage and window artwork to raking leaves and mulching the enter grounds.
Check out the video we put together of our day!
I’d have to say, this is absolutely one of my most favorite activities of the year – as it’s not only the giving back, but also getting to work together as a team outside of our amusement park elements.