New Volunteers at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck

Pictured: Volunteers from AHRC (left to right) Edward Brooks, Crystal Concepion, Lori Sindone, Ronnie Gilliard, and instructor Russell Smith take a short break from cleaning the buildings of Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck during a cleanup event.

Volunteers with special needs lent their helping hands at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck on December 11. AHRC workshop students checked off window-washing, bathroom cleaning and general housekeeping duties from their to-do lists as they worked cheerfully for the good of the camp.

Friday was AHRC’s second time working in tandem with the camp. Russell Smith, an instructor at AHRC, said the two organizations began working together via a suggestion from the camp’s Treasurer, Newt Homan, who works for Suffolk County Transportation, transporting the AHRC students.

Many of the volunteers have a personal connection with the camp, looking back fondly to the days when they attended summer sessions. “My favorite parts of camp were dancing, the talent shows and the camp fires,” said Crystal Concepion, a first-time volunteer, who plans to return and help the camp prepare for winter in the coming weeks. Camp Director Bridget Costello hopes to expand the volunteer program to former campers outside of AHRC to further foster the connection between camp and camper.

Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck is a summer and respite camp for children and young adults with physical and mental special needs. Since the camp hosts respite sessions and fundraising events throughout the year, volunteers are always needed for various events. For more information about volunteering, contact

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