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Lexington Parks Looking For Therapeutic Recreation Camp Volunteers

Posted at 6:27 PM, Jun 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-03 18:27:08-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Lexington Parks and Recreation is looking for volunteers to help out with its therapeutic recreation camps offered to people with disabilities.

The camp begins in a couple of weeks.

“We are one of the few municipalities in the entire state that offer programs for individuals with disabilities that are exclusive for them,” said Anessa Snowden, the recreation manager senior of Therapeutic Recreation Programs.

Snowden and other workers were in Castlewood Park on Monday making sure the grounds and playground equipment are ready, but that’s not all they need to prepare. They’re looking for more volunteers to help out with the camps.

“It takes a really special person to do this job and to work with individuals with disabilities. You have to have heart, you have to have passion. You have to have to be empathetic,” said Snowden.

There are three-day camps for people ages 5 and older. There are plenty of options for volunteers to help with, including swimming, arts and crafts, and helping those in wheelchairs move around.

“If we didn’t have volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to do the programs, so they’re very important to what we do,” she said.

If you’re interested in being a volunteer with the Therapeutic Recreation Camps, you can call Snowden at 859-288-2928. The camps run for five weeks between June 17 and July 19.