Camden Cares in Tampa: Restoring Hope for Kids
On a sunny Friday this past November, we had an amazing opportunity to volunteer for a truly special organization, Starting Right, Now. Every year, corporate and Tampa area employees participate in Camden Cares, an entire day dedicated to giving back to the local community. Starting Right, Now (SRN) ends homelessness for youths providing a stable home, encouraging higher education, and teaching life skills and financial literacy. The Camden Tampa team was dedicated to restoring hope for kids.
Over 50 Camden employees and vendors in the Tampa area worked together to renovate a schoolhouse that would later house over 40 SRN students! We partnered up and painted the entire interior of the building, which included painting on primer and several layers of paint on the walls and ceilings. By the end of the day, we were all covered in sweat and paint! We even had the special opportunity to listen to an SRN student, Hillary’s story:
Her story was heartbreaking yet inspiring, and it surely touched everyone's hearts. We knew that our hard work and volunteering effort would help lead to more success stories like Hillary's. It was such an honor and an opportunity to be able to give back to the Tampa community and to give back to an important cause.
To read about what other Camden Cares events are going on around the nation, check out Camden Cares Raleigh, Camden Cares Dallas and Camden Cares South Florida. This blog was a collaborative effort between multiple Camden bloggers in Tampa. Contributors include Maurielle Yao, Rachel Anderson, and Cindy Fredlund.
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