Service Learning Projects

Dear Camp Families,

Oasis has partnered with the organization Families Helping Families Chicagoland to do a series of service learning projects. The idea came from a camp parent last year and we agreed that it would be a wonderful opportunity for our campers to have an enriching experience helping those in need. The thought was that we could facilitate some deep dialogUe about what volunteerism and charity can look like and why it is important in our lives. Our first project consisted of supplies to make a birthday cake and a handmade card for children in foster care. It was such an amazing experience and the sentiment in the cards was so sweet, it brought me to tears. We've really got some big hearted kids at Oasis! 

With that said, we have two projects coming up in the next two weeks. Caring Kits are toiletries distributed to families living in shelters and New School Supplies are donated to children via their classrooms who do not have the means to purchase the required materials. We are collecting supplies from those who are interested in contributing. If you bring items in simply hand them off during drop-off or pick-up, no extra hassle for you. Below there is a list of items that were suggested by Families Helping Families. Any donations will go directly to the charity and kits your camper is making. Thank you in advance for your consideration and if you'd like to know more about Families Helping Families please let us know!

For the Caring Kits, participants bring in basic need items.  This could include: toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, floss, comb, chapstick, washcloths.  You want travel size or smaller sized items for the toothpaste and shampoo. Campers would then bag items in a plastic zip lock bag. Kids can write little notes to put in the kits with positive messages.

For the New School Supplies, participants bring in items that you would need for school. Some items could include: pencils, crayons, scissors, rulers, erasers, and pencil sharpeners.  Campers would then bag or a pencil tote/holder big enough for the supplies, that could be decorated by the campers. In a pencil case that could be decorated by the campers.


Brooke and James Schamber