|A volunteer reads with a young Bartlesville camper.
Project Transformation (PT) is seeking a church site in the Oklahoma City metro to host one of its literacy day camps in 2012.
Each summer, these United Methodist-supported camps at multiple churches serve elementary students, developing reading proficiency, self-esteem, and interpersonal skills.
On Mondays through Thursdays, from June 6 to July 28, Project Transformation this year served 451 children in Bartlesville, Muskogee, and the Oklahoma City and Tulsa areas. As a result, 92 percent of the young campers returned to school this fall sustaining or improving their levels of reading, reported Executive Director Lindsey Bryan.
The program’s adult volunteers and college-age Americorps interns benefit also.
"How do I even begin to summarize these amazing few weeks?" asked intern Morgan Butala. "My hope was to bless all of the children I worked with this summer without expecting anything in return, but I feel like they have blessed me tenfold!"
Katelyn Hilger said, "People involved with Project Transformation have the once-in-a-lifetime, ideal opportunity to change these children’s lives. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to serve."
All host churches are paired with partner churches. Partner churches help meet needs such as volunteer readers, snacks, intern lunches, and transportation for field trips.
In 2012, a third site is needed to join with churches in north Oklahoma City and Moore.
A host congregation is interested in addressing the needs of its neighborhood and welcoming families into the church, Bryan said. The congregation becomes involved by volunteering to read with and provide lunch for the children. Members also engage with the parents and families of the children, who attend events such as Family Fun Nights.
The site must have space and resources for an average of 50-60 children. A minimum of $1,500 in financial support is required. And on a daily basis during the summer camp, four or five key volunteers must be available, including a Site Supervisor.
PT provides training prior to the camps.
Contact Bryan at 405-530-2008.