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Construction and design professionals go to camp

Construction and design firm professionals recently left their job sites for a day to join Stepping Stones’ day camp for children, teens and young adults with disabilities, as part of Construction Come Together Day.

Stepping Stones’ summer day camps serve more than 425 children, teens and young adults. On average, more than 175 are served on a daily basis. Stepping Stones, a United Way partner agency, runs programs at its locations in Indian Hill, Batavia and Norwood.

More than 30 volunteers came from six different companies: Jostin Construction in Walnut Hills, Dugan & Myers Construction in Blue Ash, Messer Construction in Bond Hill, Danis in Dayton, Ohio, and Valley Interior Systems and Turner Construction, both in downtown Cincinnati. 

“Whether it’s lending a steadying hand or helping engage in craft projects,” says Peggy Kreimer, communication and grants director, “our volunteers are an extra friend—a camp buddy—who make camp more safe and fun.”

Volunteers went boating and fishing with campers, danced, kicked and tossed huge balls, and created “monsters” with paint, glitter and colored paper.

Construction Come Together Day was sponsored by Jostin Construction as a result of Whitney Eckert, Jostin vice president of finance. Eckert was inspired by last summer’s impact when health care workers volunteered at United Way agencies in the Greater Cincinnati area.

“We are very much indebted to every volunteer who comes and helps the children,” Kreimer says. “We want to give each child a personal camp experience.”

Do Good:

•    Interested in volunteering? Call volunteer coordinator Beverly Fenton at 513-831-4660.

•    Donate to support Stepping Stones’ ongoing programs. 

•    Donate a much-needed item from Stepping Stones’ Wish List.

Read more articles by Jayna Barker.

Jayna Barker is a contributing editor for Soapbox Media. Learn more about her at www.jaynabarker.weebly.com.
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