Volunteers are the driving force that enables MDA to accelerate its worldwide research program, and provide diagnostic and follow-up care through a nationwide network of 200 medical clinics. And, volunteers are the backbone of the Association's programs, helping with summer camp, support groups, seminars, special events and many other programs.
To volunteer or learn more about events in your local area, please contact your local MDA representative.
MDA-sponsored summer camps offer a wide range of programs for young people ages 6 to 17 who are affected by neuromuscular disease. Campers attend weeklong sessions organized by MDA volunteers and staff. Camp activities are geared to the abilities of campers, and may include fishing, swimming, horseback riding, boating, field hockey and baseball. Less physically demanding activities include arts and crafts, nature study, talent shows, cookouts and entertainment.
Volunteer counselors (who must be at least 16 years old) receive an orientation and training that includes wheelchair techniques, lifting and transfers, personal hygiene and emergency procedures. The primary responsibility of each counselor is to provide both physical and psychological support to their camper, thereby helping him or her enjoy camp. Medical staff are available throughout the week to meet any health care needs that may arise.
Please contact your local MDA office for more information on the date(s) and location(s) of the camp(s) in your area.
MDA special events are a fun way to raise vital funds for the battle against neuromuscular diseases. If you'd like more information about participating in fun, worthwhile events such as MDA Hop-a-Thons, MDA Muscle Walks, MDA Lock-Ups and much more, please contact your local MDA representative. To learn more about national sponsorship opportunities, please contact Interim President Valerie A. Cwik, M.D., at (520) 529-2000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.