This month FlexJobs is proud to feature and donate to Camp Fire, a nonprofit that provides camps and programs to help kids gain confidence, connect to the outdoors, and unlock their potential.
Each month during 2019, FlexJobs is highlighting a fantastic nonprofit organization that we feel strongly about, and we will be donating $6,000 throughout the year! Come back each month to read about our selected nonprofit and see how they are helping to shape a better world.
As summer gets underway, working parents have a lot on their plates while their kids are out of school. Summer camps and after-school programs have long been staples in helping parents with child care during the summer months, allowing them to better balance work and family.
This month FlexJobs is proud to donate to Camp Fire. Camp Fire is a youth development nonprofit that connects students to camps and outdoor activities. As a fully inclusive organization, it seeks to help kids grow and discover their leadership abilities. It provides kids with an outdoor education and the chance to participate in activities such as swimming, archery, hiking, canoeing, ropes courses, crafts, sports, theater, and more.
Here is an example of how Camp Fire is helping one mother and her kids throughout the summer months while she works her job:
“….I know that they can be at Camp Fire and they have a safe place until I am able to get home. Camp Fire is teaching them a lot. Living in Minnesota, it’s an outdoors state. And I want them to have all the experiences they can have. At Camp Fire, they get to have diversity in their life that I want them to experience because the world is made up of everything.” —Dezzie, parent of a Camp Fire youth at Camp Fire Minnesota
This past summer, 41 Camp Fire councils offered 115+ summer programs across 20 states, serving over 37,000 youth and families. Founded in 1910, Camp Fire has had a history of inclusion as the first multiracial, multicultural, and nonsectarian organization. This June it is especially excited to shine a spotlight on its camps aimed towards traditionally underserved youth (LGBTQ+ youth, youth with different abilities, children who are refugees, youth affected by crime, etc.).
FlexJobs’ Staff & Summertime Parenting
At FlexJobs, our staff relies on flexible work for many reasons, one of which is to juggle parenting during the summertime. Here’s what a few staff members had to say about how remote work helps them with parenting during the summer months and keeping their kids involved in summer programs:
“I don’t know how I would balance the work/kids summertime equation without my flexible job. It gives me the freedom to bring my son to camps that interest him without having to worry about whether the hours cover my entire workday. And be able to pay for them!” —Jenifer Blais, Partnerships Manager
“As a parent, flexible work is a necessity, especially during the summer. My daughters have already picked three classes per week to keep them active and outside. We also participate in a homeschooling program that provides funds for engaging camps and other adventures. Without my flexible schedule I wouldn’t be able to do any activities with my kids, or make sure they are getting up and out in the world, instead of sitting in front of screens all summer break.” —Stephanie Graney, Partnerships Outreach Specialist
Find Your Better
Part of FlexJobs’ mission is to help people and families “find their better”—a better way to work without sacrificing family and personal time for work time. Camp Fire’s mission says: “Young people want to shape the world. Camp Fire provides the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice, and discover who they are.” FlexJobs is happy to come alongside this mission to improve families and inspire kids to be their best.
Visit Campfire.org to learn more about Camp Fire and its programs.
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