Those big dreams require a big effort, and Dave lights up when you ask him about EPIC’s role in the building process. “Well,” he grins, “they would never tell you all this, but I will.”
In the last five years, EPIC has come alongside Camp Grace to meet the needs of the organization and improve the experience of its campers. Dave tells the story of how, a couple of years ago, building regulations prevented the camp from having a pool without first building a pool house - an expense they could not spare at the time. Most urban youths don’t have access to a pool during the hottest months of the year, and it was going to be a huge asset to the camp.
According to Dave, “EPIC decided the kids needed a pool, so they built us a pool house. Every time we turn around, EPIC is stepping up to the plate.”
EPIC views their relationship with Camp Grace as a long-term partnership. More than just a donation or a number to call when something goes wrong, EPIC has sought to be a constant and dependable ally for the organization, no matter the need. Dave names EPIC as Camp Grace’s “premier partner,” the number one resource they look to in supporting their vision. Whether it means building a pool house, or providing climate-controlled tents so that 600 more kids can come to camp each summer, EPIC is there.
Mark Harrington, Author