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Notre Dame alumni families return for volunteer work

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Lots of families would say sitting on the beach is a nice summer vacation, but about 25 families decided to spend their vacation working.   The volunteered through the Notre Dame Family Volunteer Camp.

The camp brings volunteers to places like the Center for the Homeless, Hannah and Friends, Healthwin, REAL Services, and more.

Chris May, from Philadelphia, has brought his son and nephew to the camp for the past three years to teach them the importance of giving back.  "To be able to come back to the community which I know has been the core of what's helped Notre Dame be what it is, and be able to give back to them is so important," says May.
    
Chris' 11-year-old son Henry didn't need his dad to tell him why it's important to give back, he could see it himself.      

 "When I first got here...I thought, 'Well a  lot of these places, they would be pretty nice like Notre Dame,'" said Henry.  "But apparently some of these places, they were kind of rundown and needed to be painted, and they needed food and shelter, so then I thought I needed to help make a difference."

Families from about eleven states made it out to the camp.  Henry's cousin Josh Villni came all the way from Canada.  "It's nice to feel that you've made a difference in a different community, not even just like London [Ontario] or wherever else I'm from.  It's nice knowing I've gone out of my way to do something for someone else," said Josh.

Even though the camp is a lot of work, families get to stay on Notre Dame campus and rekindle memories with fellow alumni, and the kids meet new friends, too. 

The camp has had such high participation this year, they have had to extend the program.  This is the first time, since the camp started in 1996, Notre Dame has had to put on two weeks instead of one.

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