Woven throughout camp are a variety of opportunities to learn more about “doing good” in the community. Through our Coin for Kids program, campers are encouraged to collect loose change for UNC Children’s throughout the year and bring the coins back to camp the following summer. Many of our campers find other ways to give back by rolling up their sleeves and taking part in additional philanthropic projects in their own communities. At the end of our 25th year, we were made aware of so many campers dreaming up their own philanthropic projects, we just had to feature these stories on the website.
Read on to learn about our young philanthropists’ initiatives.
September 2020: Caroline Vanke
I am a sophomore in high school from Atlanta, Georgia. I play both high school and club volleyball, and I recently took up painting as a quarantine hobby. UNC Children’s has a special place in my heart because of all the amazing work Eric Montross Father’s Day Basketball Camp has done for them. I was a camper there for four years, and those are some of my favorite memories. My first year as a volunteer in 2019 was also super special because I was able to help with the behind-the-scenes running of camp.
When I found out camp was canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19, I decided to start selling paintings that I had made to raise money for the hospital instead. My hope is that I can raise enough to be able to donate at least $1,000 to the hospital through the Montross Fund.
Please help Caroline reach her goal and visit her website Paint4Good, where she is displaying her artwork for sale.