IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Greer Gardner , Volunteer
When not at Camp I am a: Town of Vail community host, golfer, skier, and a volunteer for Bravo! and Roundup River Ranch.
Volunteer at Roundup River Ranch since: 2009
How would you describe camp in three words? Life-changing experience.
In what volunteer role do you serve at Roundup River Ranch?
I volunteer in the administrative office. I write notes to our donors, make phone calls, solicit in-kind donations, and help with special projects. I am also a member of the Board of Directors.
Why do you think it is important to provide camp experiences to children with serious illnesses? I spent 11 years as a patient
advocate and insurance specialist at Children’s Hospital in Denver, so I witnessed the toll a serious illness takes on a family.
Children with serious illnesses focus so much on their illnesses- they have few friends and are often isolated from everything except hospitals, doctors,
nurses, and medication schedules. After a diagnosis, “normal” childhood ceases. Camp offers the chance for children with serious illnesses to simply focus on being kids.
How do you think you’ve made a difference as a Roundup River Ranch volunteer? My time is spent encouraging others to support camp or thanking them for their generosity so that camp can continue to offer experiences totally free to our campers and their families. I have also introduced several of my friends to the magic of Roundup River Ranch at camp events, A Grateful Harvest and A Taste of Camp.
What motivates you to volunteer at Roundup River Ranch? I can see that “outside” help is a benefit to the staff so that they can focus on other tasks. The projects I complete are often just “time consuming” and relieve the staff to focus on other things.
What is your favorite memory from volunteering? I have served on the A Grateful Harvest committee for three years and it is very gratifying to see that unique evening be a resounding success.
How has your Roundup River Ranch volunteer experience impacted your life? It continues to make me realize how grateful I am to be a small part of such a dedicated group as the Roundup River Ranch family.
To paraphrase Paul Newman “You can leave camp, but camp never leaves you.” When you hear a camper describe what camp has meant to him or her, you know that all you do to support the continued mission of camp is so important. I am so proud to be a part of the Roundup River Ranch team- the most professional, dedicated, and enthusiastic group I have ever been associated with.
“Volunteers” seems like such an inadequate term. You are really our do-it-all, super-hero, mind-boggling miracle workers.
We really, truly (pinkie-swear) couldn’t do it without you.
It takes a lot of big hearts and willing hands to keep up with so many vibrant, excited, deserving campers and their families. Our amazing volunteers support Roundup River Ranch through both people-power and cost savings.
Small Investment. Huge Returns.
Since no camper ever pays a penny to attend Roundup River Ranch, our volunteers are truly what make it all possible. Did you know our volunteers save us over $160,000 per session? That is a lot of priceless life-changing experiences you’re about to make happen.
In their own words.
Read testimonials from some of our superstar volunteers on what volunteering at Camp means to them.
For additional information, please contact the Roundup River Ranch Volunteer at 970.524.CAMP(2267) or email at Volunteer@RoundupRiverRanch.org