Camp Hermelin Helps Support ORT
Last weekend I drew cartoons at the annual Camp Hermelin fundraiser in Michigan to help support ORT, a nonprofit Jewish organization which provides educational opportunities to people in underserved communities around the world.
Camp Hermelin is an annual family event where regional camps and activity-based businesses that run programs for kids assemble with their staffs to run a variety of fun activities, including arts and crafts, sports, music, robotics, and games. In addition to the activities, a barbecue lunch is served with s’mores, ice cream sandwiches, and snow cones for dessert. I have been participating in the Camp Hermelin event in conjunction with Camp Walden, where I work in the summer, since the event first began in 2008.
The purpose of Camp Hermelin, besides providing fun and entertainment, is to raise money for ORT America Michigan Region, part of ORT America, which is the leading fundraising organization for World ORT. According to ORT America’s website, World ORT’s “global educational network, schools, colleges, and international programs propel more than 300,000 students in 35 countries to develop careers and lead fulfilling, independent lives. With generous support from our donors, ORT’s schools and programs reach underserved students by bridging the gap between aptitude and opportunity, as we work to expand knowledge, build autonomy, and strengthen Jewish identity.”