I want to take this opportunity to tell you about a really exciting opportunity for Carnegie Mellon:Camp Kesem!
Camp Kesem is a completely college student run summer camp for children whose parents have (or have had) cancer. This one week sleep away camp is a chance for children to just get away and have fun being a kid! The program began in 2001 with Stanford University hosting a camp for 37 children affected by cancer. Camp Kesem has since grown through replication to 23 additional universities hosting camps from Los Angeles to Boston and serving over 1,000 children a year. This program is entirely student run, and requires input and work from a broad group of students as well as the university itself to succeed.
Since February of this year, I have been working hard to help bring a Camp Kesem chapter to Carnegie Mellon---and now we might be able to turn this into a reality! Camp Kesem has partnered with LIVESTRONG to enter into their Community Impact Project. Through this project, YOU can vote online for whichever project you deem most worthy (similar to Pepsi Refresh Everything). The top 12 Camp Kesem campuses with the most votes get $10,000 in a matching grant and get the opportunity to start a Camp Kesem chapter at their school.
So, now we are getting REALLY close to bringing a Camp Kesem chapter to CMU---which means that we get the opportunity for CMU students to engage in very exciting community service and volunteer work as well engage Pittsburgh's children in this fantastic summer camp opportunity.
Please VOTE to help bring a Camp Kesem chapter to Carnegie Mellon University!! You can vote every day from now until May 31st!