Here is an exciting story about the
impact of Atlanta
often get a chance
to know about the impact you can make on peoples lives, but
here is something
that happened recently when 3 volunteers from this group got
providing scouting activities to youth, specifically a young
boy named Cameron
who has Down Syndrome.
Like many other people with challenges
experienced low self esteem from being very different from his
10th birthday would fall
on a Saturday, during his first cubscout camping trip and his
self esteem and
general happiness got a second huge boost, here is the first.
Camerons first huge boost of
confidence was the result of
many weeks of work spent by volunteers to train him how to say
promise, law of the pack and pledge of allegiance.
This is no easy task for a young man
who has great difficulty
in simply speaking.These
prepared Cameron before his very first Den meeting by making
sure that he could
recite these three passages perfectly.Insignificant for you or I, but a huge undertaking for
Cameron with a
60-70 IQ and a slew of medical problems.
During the first Den meeting of 8
boys, they were all asked
to recite the promise and law of the pack.The boys all said they knew it.When the first boy started speaking, he made some
looked at him wide-eyed.He
then made more mistakes, skipped a line
and sat down. Cameron’s
face became even
brighter.One by one,
all of the boys
failed to recite the promise or law of the pack acceptably,
and then ffinally, it was Cameron’s
turn.He was the only
one in uniform (purchased
by one of the volunteers) and while giving the boy scout
recited both passages clearly, and except for one small word
said it all.Cameron
did something he had never
intellectually competed with his peers and was clearly more
they were.He was the
best at something!
This was a huge milestone and has greatly improved Camerons
before him everyday as he tries to learn, as now he has hope
and a better
I have posted pictures of Camerons
second huge boost of
confidence and all his firsts, in an album for this group.
Cameron, had an absolutely amazing
10th birthday party
achieving a great many exciting "firsts" for any boy of that
age. First time shooting a BB gun, archery, cooking
hamburgs, making a birthday cake over a campfire, water rocket
in a tent and most important first for a 10 year old boy, drum
roll, lighting a
match and fire!(at
least the adults think
it was the first).He
lit two fires in
times he lit them on
the first match and with his first match ever.The first fire was to burn a string the second was to
cook a pancake in
timed events.What a
thrill it was for
the boys to have adults encourage them to light matches and
build and start
fires and cook a pancake as quick as possible.
This is the time of year that the boy
scouts rewards you
with popcorn for your donations to scouts.If you feel inspired by the photos and story, could you
follow this link
to the boy scout popcorn website and place an order that will
be credited to
ship it to you.On the
right hand side in Green it should say
“supporting Cameron K.”his
ID # for
popcorn sales is 16867774.Here
He has not made any sales as of yet
and I hope he gets a
couple.If you buy
popcorn, please let
me know so that I can keep you in mind the next time we have
be marked paid in
full for membership dues for this group.
Please support this volunteer activity
by emailing the above
link or this email to anyone that you think could support the
will be credited with the sale.This would be volunteering by telecommuting;
I hope you are up for it.
We are a group of individuals interested in getting out and benefiting our community through the donation of our time and manpower. The impact that a large group of individuals coming out and volunteering can have on an organization in need is significant.
FORSYTH AREA SPORTS TEAMS, Inc., (FAST) is a 501 (c)(3) that operates this volunteer website as a way to organize volunteers to be broadly effective for any community need and not just to serve our nonprofit.
As a good corporate citizen, FAST believes that nonprofits are part of the larger community and that we should be prepared to serve and to assist other community causes besides our own.
Volunteers are in high demand due to our current economy, and our current economy also makes it more difficult to find volunteers.
To encourage more volunteerism, (FAST) is providing sports related activities and other incentives for people who volunteer their time. An example of this are the sailing and scuba activities given away free to volunteers or the movie tickets also given away to people who have volunteered.
When you volunteer for any worthy cause that FAST recognizes, we will give you volunteer credit hours you can exchange for an exciting variety of sports activities such as scuba, sailing, underwater photography or even operating an underwater vehicle at our pool.
It will be the goal of this volunteer group to work towards stabilizing the community with practical volunteer efforts in direct contact with those who truly need help and indirectly with supporting the administrative duties of nonprofits to help prevent any more from failing.
The mission of our sponsor FAST is to support challenged people through sports. Support comes in the form of employment, housing, physical activity and socialization. FAST also supports the health and wellness of the community at large and has a special place for challenged heroes such as veterans, police, fire, ems and other workers who become injured while serving others.
FAST is a very strong advocate for salary caps for anyone employed by a nonprofit. The 1.2 million dollars per year paid to Gloria Pace King of the United Way in 2008, is just one glaring example of the greed and malfeasance in nonprofits that FAST is crusading against.
FAST is just one of the many worthy causes that you can volunteer for.