The camps put on by Easter Seals Greater Houston impact hundreds of kids, teens, and young adults with disabilities every year. Each summer, interns join the Easter Seals Greater Houston Camp Program team and learn all the behind-the-scenes planning and coordination it takes to put on our fun and accessible camps. Our awesome interns play an important role in putting on Camp Buckaroo and Camp Smiles. This year one of our internships was made possible with the financial grant received from ExxonMobil Foundation Community Summer Jobs Program (CSJP). Thanks to the ExxonMobil Foundation CSJP for helping make our camps a place of inclusion, accessibility, and fun! Meet Easter Seals Greater Houston‘s 2022 Camp Interns!
My name is Alison von Haefen, I am 19 years old and a rising sophomore at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. I am from Houston and attended Memorial Senior High School! At college, I am studying Communications with a double concentration in Public Relations and Advertising. I am involved in my college’s Best Buddies program which is sort of like Camp Buckaroo where we partner with a local organization that helps adults with intellectual disabilities and we do weekend activities on campus that are SUPER FUN! This will actually be my 3rd year with Easter Seals Greater Houston. In the past, I did multiple weeks of Buckaroo and one session of Camp MOST. I heard about Easter Seals Greater Houston and Camp Buckaroo through my amazing mom who previously worked for United Way of Greater Houston. I had worked in my high school’s special education classrooms and loved it, so she recommended that I use my summer free time wisely and volunteer for Easter Seals Greater Houston at Camp Buckaroo! I have thoroughly enjoyed my past years volunteering at camp and am so excited to work with Kenzie, Ross, and my fellow intern Jordan this summer!
My name is Jordan Mahoney, and I am one of the 2022 Camps Interns. I am 18 years old, from Houston, Texas, where I was born and raised. In the Fall of 2022, I will be attending Baylor University as a freshman studying Pre-Nursing. I have previously been a volunteer for Camp Smiles for 2019 and 2021 (I wish for 2020, but y’all know, COVID). I have adored my time volunteering with Easter Seals Greater Houston, and I was so thrilled to be able to come back as a Camp Intern. When I found out about this opportunity, I had tears streaming down my face because I was so excited to come back! You can ask my friends and family; I am always talking about Easter Seals Greater Houston and Camp Smiles and all of the opportunities they provide for people with disabilities and volunteers. Having been a volunteer, I always tell others about how impactful volunteering with camp is! I am incredibly excited to meet all of the kids and volunteers and find ways I can be the most helpful to the camp experience. Watching the strength that all the campers have is so inspiring. It is incredible to watch them conquer obstacles in real time while gaining independence. I am looking forward to kicking off this summer with Kenzie, Alison, and Ross!