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Volunteer gains a second family

Meet Ashley Hardin, a North Carolina resident who has been involved with Comfort Zone for nearly 3 years as a volunteer and fundraiser! 


How long have you been a Comfort Zone volunteer, and how many camps have you done? What roles have you served?
I first got involved with Comfort Zone Camp in November 2012. To date, I have volunteered at 5 camps across North Carolina and Virginia as a Big Buddy and floater. I hope to grow that number soon! When I can't make it to camp, I try my best to stay involved in other ways like running and fundraising with the Grief Relief Team.


What’s the best part about being a Comfort Zone volunteer?
Seeing first-hand the impact you are making in someone else’s life. Over the course of a weekend, you witness each camper evolve and blossom in different ways. They begin to realize that they are not alone in their grief. With that they gain a lot of inner strength and self-confidence. To actively be part of that transformation is incredibly moving. There are no words to adequately describe that feeling of fulfillment.


How has Comfort Zone impacted your life?
Thanks to Comfort Zone, I learned to channel my grief in positive ways to help others through what I also experienced. In the process, I gained a second family. The people who make up the Comfort Zone community are the best, most selfless people that you will ever meet. No matter how my personal grief journey continues to evolve, I know my Comfort Zone Camp family is standing right next to me.


If someone was sitting on the fence on whether or not to become a volunteer, what would be the one thing you would tell them?
There are kids at camp that need you, so get there! I promise that volunteering with Comfort Zone will enrich your life in ways that you could never imagine.


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