Each year, the Retreat of Awakening partners with a charitable organization for our community project, to create opportunities for all of us to cultivate loving kindness and compassion, bring joy to others, and realize everyone’s interconnections.
Purpose of the Community Project sessions at Camp:
Provide volunteer opportunities to spread Kindness and Be of Service to our community
Lift the spirits of people
Meet the evolving needs of the communities where we host our annual summer Retreats
Practice the virtues of Compassion and Gratitude
Operation Kindness: In 2020, Covid-19 significantly increased the food insecurity around the country. Hence, we raised funds through t-shirt sales to support the Houston Food Bank, San Antonio Food Bank, and The Farmlink Project.
Operation Compassion: In 2019, we partnered with the Lotus School Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in Texas, with a mission to build schools in rural, poverty-stricken villages and provide equal education opportunities for children worldwide. Our campers put together "LEGOs Kit Gift".
Operation Hope: In 2018, we partnered with Unity Care in California, to put together "Care School Backpacks" to benefit the foster children, supporting Untity Care's Annual Backpack Drive.
Operation Gratitude: In 2017, we made "Bear Towels" to donate to 2 organizations supporting families/youth in Colorado: Sun Valley Youth Center and Colfax Community Network.
Operation Love & Gratitude: In 2016, we made "Socks Cupcake" to donate to nursing homes in Dallas, TX and Oklahoma City, OK.