Why Volunteer

Our volunteers are the heart of The Laurel Foundation. Each year, over 200 volunteers donate approximately 13,500 hours to improve the lives of at-risk children, youth, and families who are living with HIV/AIDS, transgender youth or other at-risk youth populations.  Volunteers are truly the lifeblood of The Laurel Foundation. They are the change agents in the lives of the children, youth and families that we serve.



When you volunteer with The Laurel Foundation it will be because you want to change the life of a child, but what you will discover is that your life will also be changed tremendously and you will grow in ways you never thought possible.



Through our extensive trainings and intensive volunteer experiences, The Laurel Foundation is not only changing the lives of at-risk children affected by HIV/AIDS, transgender youth and other at-risk youth populations,  but developing dynamic leaders who are using their learned skills to better their communities and to change the world.



By volunteering with The Laurel Foundation you will become part of a vast network of creative, passionate and talented individuals working in a variety of socially dynamic professions, but most importantly you will become part of a community that feels like family.

Ready to join the team?

Ways to Volunteer

The Laurel Foundation’s volunteers come from a wide variety of backgrounds and life experiences. Whether you are a student, working professional, or just someone with a passion for working with kids, there are so many different ways to get involved!

  • Camp Counselor

    Being a camp counselor is one of the most rewarding volunteer opportunities you could ever be involved in. If you love to help others, make life-long friendships, and expand your horizons, this is the volunteer position for you! Join us at our Winter Family Camp (for youth and families affected by HIV/AIDS) – February 16-20, 2018! New Counselor Application Winter 2018 / Returning Counselor Application Winter 2018 /

    For more information contact our Camp Director – Jo Vance

  • Medical Volunteer

    Serving on the Camp Laurel Medical Staff is an amazing opportunity to put your skills to work outside of the hospital setting. Without a supportive and knowledgeable medical staff, we would not be able to provide a safe and healthy environment for our campers. Become a medical volunteer. Join us at Winter Camp Session (for youth and families affected by HIV/AIDS) – February 16-20, 2018  New Medical Staff / Returning Medical Staff / More Information

    For more information contact our Camp Director – Jo Vance

  • Mental Health Volunteer

    If you are a mental health professional join our Help Team! This team is made up of mental health professionals and behavioral specialists (e.g., social workers, therapists, behavior interventionists, etc.) who provide added support to the campers through avenues such as supportive counseling, crisis intervention etc. Become a mental health volunteer. Join us at Winter Family Camp (youth and families affected by HIV/AIDS) February 16-20, 2018 New Help Team Volunteer / Returning Help Team Volunteer / More Information

    For more information please contact our Camp Director – Jo Vance

  • Intern

    The Laurel Foundation’s Non Profit Management Internship program is designed to provide participants with an opportunity to grow both professionally and personally, and to use classroom knowledge in a practical environment, while experiencing first-hand what it takes to run a non profit organization. As an intern with The Laurel Foundation, you will work alongside our team to put together some of our biggest events – including camps, fundraisers, social media campaigns, and day events. Contact our Camp Director – Jo Vance for more information.

    Non Profit Management Internship Application

    Social Media Intern – Please email Lupe Flores for more information.

  • Day Event Volunteer

    The Laurel Foundation has many events throughout the year where we need enthusiastic and reliable volunteers to come out and support! These events may include fundraising events, day camps, in-service days, etc.

    For information about individual volunteer opportunities, contact our Camp Director- Jo Vance.

    To learn about how your group or corporation can get involved, please contact our CEO- Margot Anderson.

What our volunteers have to say…

Camp is a time to forget about the worries in our own lives and make a child smile! It is a time to just be silly and send out some good love and get some back!

Lorenzo – 38 Camps

The kids at Camp Laurel are unlike any I’ve encountered before. I’ve never met such a spirited, enthusiastic, entertaining, intelligent, and loving group before in my life.

David – 30 Camps

The Laurel Foundation will change your life; it brings out the best in all of us and is hard to imagine a better group of people.

Celery – 21 Camps

Camp has taught me that it is possible for a group of people, no matter how different, to work together and build a community that makes things better for each other.

Karen – 15 Camps
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