How did you first become involved with Swift Youth Foundation?
I started as a counselor at Camp Swift in 2003. I was signed up to go in 2002, however that was the year of the wildfires and camp was cancelled.
Why did you decide to more deeply support Swift and join the Swift Staff?
I decided to join the staff of Swift because I believe in the mission and hope to grow our organization to serve more of Arizona’s youth. Did you know that approximately 24% of kids in Arizona are growing up in poverty? Through the work we do at Swift, I believe we can improve our community by providing opportunities to help youth and teens reach their full potential.
When talking about Swift, what are you most excited to tell others about?
The people! I believe working and volunteering for Swift attracts a quality type of person. Whether it's playing games with the kids or packing the truck for camp, we always seem to have a lot of fun. At the end of the day, who doesn’t like to be around passionate, caring, and thoughtful people who are trying to make a positive impact?!
What is your favorite Swift program and why?
Team Swift. I love working with the teen volunteers to help support the Swift mission. We meet every two weeks throughout the school year to develop leadership skills and support the organization through developing programs, fundraising, and volunteering. Each year, I am always impressed at what the Team Swift is able to accomplish.
At Camp Swift, are you Team Grilled Cheese or Team Tomato Soup?
I started as a member of Team Grilled Cheese, but due to a lactose dispute, I’ve been traded to Team Tomato Soup. While I love my current team, Team Grilled Cheese will always have a place in my heart.
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