Choosing to make an impact
I remember loving camp as a kid. When I first heard about Campfire Circle, I thought the idea of getting kids with cancer to camp was just terrific. I started making a monthly donation and have been giving for ages. For me, it’s an honour to be able to do this. It’s really quite a modest monthly gift, but Campfire Circle makes me feel really appreciated and valued. Over time, I’ve made some decisions about the charities I support. And I asked myself: “What are the charities that speak to me the most? Which one really connects with my values?” And it was Campfire Circle.
At some point, I learned that Campfire Circle volunteers were needed to help out in the office, and I was happy to help. That first day, I was so impressed with everyone I met. Everyone knew my name, thanked me, brought me tea, and I felt so welcome and at home. The enthusiasm, dedication and passion of everyone at Campfire Circle is just incredible. One day, I was there stuffing envelopes (I like to say I’m an envelope stuffer extraordinaire) and I overheard a conversation about legacy giving—donors who remember Campfire Circle in their will. Right away I thought this would be an excellent way for me to be able to give more, over time. I had a conversation with Michelle, she gave me some information about how to make it happen. Not only was it simple, it was also rewarding for me personally. I’m really proud to be playing even just a small part.
And I was delighted to join an Open House at Campfire Circle Muskoka. Oh, it breaks your heart but it’s also overwhelmingly positive and joyful. It also happened to be my birthday and when Alex heard that he orchestrated a Happy Birthday sing-a-long with all the Campers and guests. I’ll never forget that, ever.
I’m making sure Campfire Circle will always be there
What do I hope my legacy gift will accomplish in the future? At first, I think, well, Campfire Circle is already pretty amazing, can it get any better? But then I think, well, I can be part of making sure that Campfire Circle continues to do the outstanding work they are doing, forever. For as long as there are kids who need camp, I’m part of making sure Campfire Circle will always be there. And that makes me feel really good.
– Shirley Greenwood, Monthly Donor, Volunteer (Envelope Stuffer Extraordinaire) and Brave Spirit Circle Donor