Why Volunteer?

Joanne Beda



Joanne Beda, Volunteer

When Not at Camp I am a: busy retiree

Volunteer at Roundup River Ranch since: 2011

Favorite Camp Activity: Dancing 

Favorite Meal at Camp: Breakfast

Favorite Camp Dance: “Rather Be”

How would you describe camp in three words? Fun, heart-warming, and busy

In what volunteer role(s) do you serve at Roundup River Ranch? I volunteer at the medical desk in The Depot. 

Why do you think it is important to provide camp experiences to children with serious illnesses? Children with serious illnesses are still children and deserve to have experiences that they may not be able to have except at camp. Camp is an opportunity for children with serious illnesses to have fun, make new friends, and see their medical practitioners in a safe and friendly place where the focus is on the activities and not their illness.
How do you feel your volunteer time has made a difference to Roundup River Ranch campers?
It is my hope that I am one more friendly face to the campers who helps make their time at camp memorable.

What motivates you to volunteer at Roundup River Ranch? Seeing the strength that campers display while dealing with an illness puts my life in perspective and makes me want to be a stronger, more positive person.

What is your favorite memory as a Roundup River Ranch volunteer? A few years ago, I happened to be dancing near a few boys who were at camp for the first time. They were reluctant to join in, so I encouraged them and eventually they started to dance. After that, their cabin counselor told me that they would look for me and wait until I joined them before they would start dancing.

How has your Roundup River Ranch volunteer experience impacted your life? The children I see at camp have reminded me what is important in life and not to take your health, friendships, and having fun for granted.
Why would you encourage others to volunteer at camp? This is an experience that will change your life and become a part of you no matter how many times you are at camp.

What would you like to say to those who may be interested in volunteering at Roundup River Ranch? Just try it!  I have never seen or heard about anyone who did not have a wonderful volunteer experience. One thing that I have enjoyed about camp is meeting some of the most interesting people I have ever met.  Campers, staff, and other volunteers are some of the nicest, warmest, most caring, and energetic people that anyone can ever hope to meet. Being at camp has enriched my life and the people I’ve met are why I continue to volunteer.

“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