Volunteer Testimonials

  • “Volunteering at The Painted Turtle has become my absolute favorite summer activity.  Working closely with such an enthusiastic staff and group of volunteers made me feel right at home, so I was able to jump right into the experience upon my arrival at camp!  Watching the campers experience the magic at events like Stage Night (talent show) and Silly Olympics helped me to witness the healing powers of fun and laughter firsthand.”
  • “Personally, The Painted Turtle has changed me for the better.  I now have a better understanding of what it means to be truly happy, and I also have greater respect for anyone living with a serious illness or disability.
  • “It can be hard work; but it’s really easy because it’s so much fun and the laughter, smiles, hugs and gratitude from the kids make it all worthwhile.  It’s more rewarding that you could ever imagine.  It touches your heart in a way that’s hard to describe.”
  • “All it took was one visit to The Painted Turtle, and I have been hooked ever since.”
  • “Oftentimes at Camp Closing the younger kids are crying because they hate to leave.  Sometimes not only the kids are crying but Mom and Dad as well.  When a father is moved to tears thanking you for what you’ve given their family, you know you’re involved in something really special and you can be proud.”
  • “Volunteering at The Painted Turtle helps me focus on the important things in life, like family, friends, health, community, compassion, laughter, etc.  I no longer let the little things bother me or get rattled when things don’t go as planned.  I just think of the obstacles the campers deal with on a daily basis and it puts things in perspective.”