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Volunteers Needed: Comfort Zone Camp Weekend Camp in Chicago

Posted: May 21, 2014

Comfort Zone Camp is seeking 65 volunteers from the Chicago area to take part in a transformative three-day camp weekend September 12-14, 2014. For the fourth year in a row, Comfort Zone will partner with the Sheilah A. Doyle Foundation to serve Chicago-area children, ages 7-17, who have experienced the death of a loved one due to homicide.

During the program in Chicago, children and volunteers will attend camp free of charge and engage in a variety of traditional camp activities. Children will also receive free professional therapeutic services, peer and mentor support, and healthy coping skills for use in daily life.

Become a Big Buddy! Up to 40 children will attend camp, each of whom will be paired 1:1 with an adult volunteer mentor, or Big Buddy. The Big Buddy role includes:

  • Ability to donate a weekend of your time
  • Willingness to play, talk, listen and be silly!
  • Participate in all aspects of the program

Other volunteer roles are also needed to make the weekend successful. We are seeking general camp volunteers (10-15), as well as experienced nurses (2) and grief therapists (6-8).

Volunteer training is required to participate in the camp weekend. To begin your journey, register to attend one of the following volunteer trainings this summer.

June Volunteer Training
Saturday, June 14, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Dale Carnegie Office, 1333 Butterfield Road #140, Downers Grove, IL 60515

July Volunteer Training
Saturday, July 12, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 325 N. Wells St., Chicago, IL 60654

To register for training, complete Comfort Zone's volunteer application.

If you have any questions about joining the Comfort Zone family of volunteers, contact Volunteer Coordinator Jessi Schmale at or 804-282-2192 ext. 208. To learn more about Comfort Zone Camp, visit

As you may recall, during the 2013 NFDA International Convention & Expo in Austin, NFDA supported Comfort Zone Camp. Convention attendees and exhibitors gave more than $20,000. When combined with a $20,000 lead gift from NGL Insurance Group and a $10,000 matching gift from the Funeral Service Foundation, NFDA was able to present a check to Comfort Zone Camp for more than $50,000.