The Fundraising Page of Velena Hernandez

Velena Hernandez

A Message From Velena Hernandez

Hi! As some of you may know, I've been volunteering with UCLA UniCamp for the past five summers. I started the program as a freshman in college, thinking that it would be a cool experience to take underserved youth camping in Big Bear. What I didn't know when I first started, that this program would change my life, and so many others around me. I thought I would mentor some kids, be able to hang out in the mountains, and have a good time. All this happened, but what I didn't realize is that I would be a part of what the volunteers like to call "Woodsey Magic." The best way to describe this phenomenon is a mixture of trust, full immersion in nature (there are no cell phones or internet up the mountain), the ability to be a child, and challenge yourself to be a better person through reflection and group activities. I've made friends I never could have imagined, learned great life lessons from some of these kids, laughed until I fell to the floor and couldn't get up, have had spider bites the size of baseballs, climbed a 50 foot tower, saw my first shooting star, and have been put to sleep by the sound of the Santa Ana river. Some of the kids we take have never gone camping before and most have never seen a sky full of so many stars, it lights up the night sky. This year, I plan to embark on a 26 mile hike with 20 kids to the top of the highest mountain peak in southern California, San Gogornio. The hike will be a great mental and physical challenge that the kids, my fellow volunteers, and I will have to face. In order for this hike to happen, I am faced with the challenge of fundraising $2,000. I appreciate any donation you are willing to give, as well as you spreading the word to your family, friends, and coworkers.

14th Annual UCLA UniCamp Camp-A-Thon!

About This Campaign

In the midst of our UCLA UniCamp Student Volunteer's nearly 100 hours of training, they somehow manage to find time to fundraise at least $500 each with fellow UCLA UniCamp Student Volunteers. Please join us in sponsoring these students. All proceeds from this event go towards sending under-served youth to camp this summer. The student’s goal this year is to raise $290,000. This will help UCLA UniCamp give over 1,300 campers a summer camping experience. Join us in this great cause. UCLA UniCamp is a tradition at UCLA that is entering its 80th summer of camp. Every year there are hundreds of underserved children that may not be dreaming of a bright future. Help us provide these kids with the tools to change their stars and give them the chance to dream big and succeed. Thank you in advance for your interest and your generosity!
  1. Carlos Ortega
    Carlos Ortega gave a $25 donation to support Velena Hernandez to support WALL 2016
    over 2 years ago · Like

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