Kids learn empathy at iHope Camp

Week 1 of iHope Camp is in the books and all of our campers had a blast! They experienced fun and exciting speakers, activities and field trips all focused on the theme of iCare. Over the course of five days, campers experienced different ways to care for people in our community through non-profit work.

Campers started the week by learning about Second Harvest’s role in hunger relief. They packed boxes of food for families in need and became mini bakers to get a taste of how the Culinary Training Program allows students to learn new skills for a new job in the food industry.

Throughout the week, the campers visited with some of our community partners, including Lighthouse Central Florida and Habitat for Humanity to learn how these organizations serve our community.

The highlight of the week was two field trips to the Adult Literacy League and Orlando Fire Department to get a behind-the-scenes look at addressing literacy and public safety.

At the end of each week, campers create iHope statements. This project helps campers reflect on the week and create a vision for how they can make a positive impact in the future.

A big thank you to all of our partners, volunteers and campers for an amazing week!

The fun is just getting started

iHope Camp has two more sessions, including iConserve (July 15 – 19) and iCreate (July 22 – 26). During the second week, campers will explore sustainability and ways they can take care of our environment. In addition to learning how Second Harvest reduces waste by feeding families, our campers will hear from Orange County Public Schools, Disney and Waste Management on how their organizations play a role in protecting and conserving resources.

In the third week, campers will learn how businesses use creativity and innovation to give back to the community. Campers will learn about Second Harvest’s A Spoon Full of Hope product line whose proceeds benefit the Culinary Training Program, and how corporate partners like Orlando Magic, Tijuana Flats and Jeremiah’s Italian Ice support initiatives to help our community thrive.

Learn more about iHope Camp and register for Week 3 at

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