Ripples of hope

Volunteer to connect with your community - and be healthier!

2014-02-28T00:00:00Z Volunteer to connect with your community - and be healthier!By Elena Dwyre Times Columnist
February 28, 2014 12:00 am  • 

No individuals are more cherished in this world than those who share their time and talent as volunteers. As we address the power one individual has to create ripples of change and ripples of hope in our communities, I encourage you to consider volunteering your time and talent at Campagna Academy.

Many people ask, why volunteer? Perhaps the biggest benefit is the satisfaction of serving and making a difference in your community. Intangible benefits alone - pride, satisfaction, and accomplishment - are worthwhile reasons.

In the past 20 years, a growing body of research indicates that volunteering provides health benefits as well as social ones. This research has established a strong relationship between volunteering and health, i.e., those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer.

Volunteer opportunities can create a way to explore your interests and passions while providing renewed motivation and vision into your personal and professional life.

In 2013, volunteers at Campagna Academy donated more than 2,400 volunteer hours. Our 275+ volunteers filled a variety of essential roles, from fundraising and event-planning to social work, training, tutoring, administrative support, weekly shopping trips, to construction work and painting.

Our volunteer opportunities at Campagna Academy are designed so you can share an hour of your time, a day of your time or volunteer on an ongoing basis. We are looking for volunteers to help us with fundraising, make handmade birthday decorations, become a educational mentor or educational surrogate, lend assistance in our kitchen, be a camp counselor at our Foster Care Adventure Summer Camp, provide administrative assistance or work in our greenhouse and garden.

For a full list of our volunteer opportunities or to volunteer, contact Director of Public Relations & Volunteer Services Beth Szamatowicz at (219) 322-8614, ext. 332 or visit to find ways you can get involved in our mission at Campagna Academy - Restoring Hope and Building Dreams for at-risk youth.

You can also stop by and see us at the Spring Into Action Volunteer Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 8 at Crown Point High School, 1500 S. Main St. Sponsored by Crown Point Community Foundation, the Spring Into Action Volunteer Fair will feature more than  40 nonprofits sharing information regarding volunteering.

I look forward to the opportunity to personally meet you and see the difference you can make in the young lives on our campus.

Elena Dwyre, MS, LSW is CEO of Campagna Academy in Schererville. Contact her at or (219) 322-8614, or visit for more information. Opinions expressed are solely those of the writer.

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