Periwinkle Foundation

2016 Summer Internship Opportunities

We are thrilled to again be a recipient of two of the most competitive and well known internship program grants in Houston – the ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program grant AND the Shell Nonprofit Internship grant! Please follow the links below for eligibility requirements and more details!

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We are now accepting applications for this exciting internship, June 13 – August 6, 2016.

The Periwinkle Foundation’s Summer Programs Coordinator will plan and execute an event which will take place in July for new camper families to gain invaluable information about The Periwinkle Foundation and the Camp Periwinkle Experience. He or she will recruit, schedule, train and recognize over 150 volunteers and donors for Camp Periwinkle’s Special Summer Programs. The intern will work with the Program Director, Community Programs Manager and volunteer Family Coordinator and Social Worker to update our formal “Day Volunteer” information packet and manual which will be utilized in the training process of volunteers for the special programs that take place at camp. He or she will also collaborate with the Development Director and Coordinator to organize and implement Visitors Day. The Intern will be asked to attend four of these programs, two of which will take place at Camp For All in Burton, Texas. The intern will be encouraged to use creativity and ingenuity to make this year’s activities unique and successful.

To view the full job description and eligibility checklist, ExxonMobil CSJP Summer Programs Coordinator 2016 Job Description and Eligibility Form. *Please review ALL eligibility requirements! Resumes, cover letters and completed eligibility forms can be submitted to Erin O. Locke at elocke@periwinklefoundation.org.

For more information, please contact Erin O. Locke at elocke@periwinklefoundation.org

All candidates MUST be current full-time, undergraduate students at a major college or university who will be returning Fall 2016 as a full-time undergraduate student.

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We are now accepting applications for this exciting internship, May 30 – July 22, 2016.

The Periwinkle Foundation’s Day Camp Coordinator will recruit, schedule, train and recognize volunteers for Camp Periwinkle in the City. The intern will work with the Program Director and Community Programs Manager to create a formal “Day Counselor” information packet and manual which will be utilized in the training process of all volunteers. The intern will coordinate a volunteer training seminar, to be held one week prior to Camp Periwinkle in the City. He or she will also collaborate with the Volunteer Day Camp Director to organize and implement daily themes and activities for the children. The Day Camp Coordinator will attend all three days of camp and will assist the Volunteer Day Camp Director and Program Director in general oversight of daily logistics and program execution. Upon completion of the program, our intern will be responsible for creating and coordinating post camp surveys for campers, parents and volunteers which will help us to evaluate this pilot program for future implementation.

To view the full job description and eligibility checklist, Shell Nonprofit Internship Program, Family Development Coordinator 2016 Job Description and Eligibility Form. *Please review ALL eligibility requirements! Resumes, cover letters and completed eligibility forms can be submitted to Erin O. Locke at elocke@periwinklefoundation.org.

For more information, please contact Erin O. Locke at elocke@periwinklefoundation.org

All candidates MUST be current full-time, undergraduate students at a major college or university who will be returning Fall 2016 as a full-time undergraduate student.

Make It A Splendid Week – “Declaration of Independence”

 

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Fireworks at Camp Periwinkle!

Declaration of Independence

By the delegates of the Fruia Family

In the Fruia Home

In Sugar Land, TX

On the first day of February 2007

 

I would like to claim independence from the hated disease Cancer task management.

I believe that every kid has the right to feel healthy without the worry of a terrible disease.

A kid needs to be able to look normal and keep their hair on their head and not puff up like a blowfish.

I also declare that a kid should not have to endure scary and sometimes painful procedures that come with the treatment of Cancer.

By Raymie, 2007

 

“Make It A Splendid Week” is a weekly post featuring a poem from one of our talented young authors in The Splendid Review.  Learn more about The Splendid Review and The Periwinkle Foundation’s Arts & Creative Writing Program or like The Splendid Review on Facebook

To request a printed copy of The Splendid Review email Erin Overhouse at eoverhouse@periwinklefoundation.org

Make It A Splendid Week – “My Dad”

 

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My greatest inspiration is my dad. He has inspired me to always work hard and try to achieve my best. He sets a good example by doing this himself. When I slack off, he motivates me to get going again. He tells me stories

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A dad and son posing at Family Camp!

about when he was young and how he has worked hard to get rid of bad habits like procrastination. He has made me want to be a doctor like him. He is a pediatrician, and that is the field I want to go into too. My dad has taught me the importance of getting a good education. My dad is very religious and he inspires me to be a better Muslim. For instance, even though my dad is busy, he takes time to say his prayers and go to the mosque when he can. His belief in God is very strong. This has made me trust God more and be open with others about what I believe.

by Samiah, age 13, 2009

 

“Make It A Splendid Week” is a weekly post featuring a poem from one of our talented young authors in The Splendid Review.  Learn more about The Splendid Review and The Periwinkle Foundation’s Arts & Creative Writing Program or like The Splendid Review on Facebook

To request a printed copy of The Splendid Review email Erin Overhouse at eoverhouse@periwinklefoundation.org

Camp Periwinkle Days Presented by BG Group

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Kids spent the day at the beach this year at the 5th Annual Camp Periwinkle Days presented by BG Group. The Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers transformed into summer camp, packed with games, prizes and activities to positively change and enrich the lives of children challenged by cancer and blood disorders who are being cared for at Texas Children’s Hospital.

In the last five years, 190 BG Group employees have contributed more than 900 volunteer hours impacting at least 2000 children and their families. BG Group employees were able to interact and play with the children ensuring a memorable day for both campers and volunteers.

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Make It A Splendid Week – “Ode to My Mom”

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A dad and son kissing mom on the cheek at Family Camp!

 

Ode to My Mom

 You are funny:

You wake me up laughing by tickling my toes

You make fun of my sisters for me

When you play with me you are always making jokes

You are nice:

You comfort me when I’m scared

By making fun of me

You help me with my homework when

I don’t understand it

You are loving:

You work really hard to provide food

And our light green house with the big tree in front.

by Raquel, age 11, 2010

 

“Make It A Splendid Week” is a weekly post featuring a poem from one of our talented young authors in The Splendid Review.  Learn more about The Splendid Review and The Periwinkle Foundation’s Arts & Creative Writing Program or like The Splendid Review on Facebook

To request a printed copy of The Splendid Review email Erin Overhouse at eoverhouse@periwinklefoundation.org

Creating for Care

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Students at Deerwood Elementary School in Kingwood raised money for The Periwinkle Foundation by presenting its second annual Creating for Care fundraiser on April 24th, an original play called Some Pig, based on E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In addition to the performance, handmade art and concessions were available for purchase before the show.
Proceeds from the evening came to $3,456, exceeding last year’s amount of $3,000.

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Volunteer Appreciation, Friday Spotlight – Behind the Scenes with Mara Buchholz, Diana Hecht and ExxonMobil

As we begin to wrap up Volunteer Appreciation Week, we think it is important to recognize some folks who work behind the scenes at The Periwinkle Foundation! With a full time staff of 6, many people often say “How do you do so much great work?” The answer is easy, we have INCREDIBLE volunteers! Working behind the scenes at Periwinkle isn’t always glamorous, and often involves spreadsheets and craft preparation, but we try to keep it fun – which is easy with a couple fabulous ladies named Mara Buchholz and Diana Hecht!

Mara BuchholzMara Buchholz began volunteering in The Periwinkle Foundation office in 2013 and dove right in! She has helped us tame our databases, create new spreadsheets, complete foundation research and even design our Annual Report! Working weekly in the office, Mara really became a huge part of our team. After recently accepting a job at Amazing Place, another great non-profit, Mara has agreed to continue to help us with special projects! We miss her weekly visits, but we are so proud of the great work she continues to do and even more proud to call her a part of the Periwinkle family. Help us say THANK YOU to Mara for helping us change lives!

I was so honored to work at Periwinkle. The creativity and energy the staff brings to their work everyday made it so much fun to work there. It was clear that they not only love their work but also whole-heartedly believe in the organization’s mission.”– Mara Buchholz, Periwinkle Volunteer

 

diana hecht 2Diana Hecht began volunteering at The Periwinkle Foundation office in 2014 and we knew she was a great fit right away. Diana comes in each week, and is up for any task. She is our “go to” for craft preparation, organization and even entering items into our auction database for special events! Diana comes each week with a smile and we really feel like she is a part of our team. She handles anything we give her and always completes each job with enthusiasm. We look forward to Wednesdays with Diana every week! Help us say THANK YOU for all her hard work and dedication to The Periwinkle Foundation

“I was looking for something meaningful to fill some extra time I had since my full time “mommy” job was done.  I researched various non-profit organizations and immediately knew Periwinkle was the right fit.  Not until I started volunteering there did I realize what a great fit it would be.  I love everything Periwinkle stands for.  I love kids, I love art, I loved summer camp as a child and I absolutely love and admire all that Periwinkle does for these children and their families.  What an amazing organization and what an incredible and devoted staff of employees and volunteers. I volunteer in the office once a week and every week they make me feel so welcome. Sort of like family. I’ve only been volunteering for a little over a year now but I predict that I will be there for as long as they’ll have me.  It truly is something I believe in now and totally support.  What a difference Periwinkle has made in so many peoples lives and now mine!” – Diana Hecht, Periwinkle Volunteer

 

 

exxonFinally, on this Friday we would like to recognize a corporation, who through many employee driven committees serves their communities and The Periwinkle Foundation! ExxonMobil has been volunteering with The Periwinkle Foundation for over 5 years through their ONE EMIT (formally NEON) Service Committee as Camp YOLO bus loading volunteers. Twice a year, approximately 10 ExxonMobil volunteers brave rush hour traffic in The Medical Center to help us check in, chaperone and load up over 100 teenagers for Camp YOLO. They sort boxed lunches, take roll call and even schlep luggage – IN THE RAIN! We truly could not make this happen without their support behind the scenes! In addition, in 2014 the ExxonMobil Women’s Network group began volunteering at Camp Periwinkle for Carnival Crew! They helped us set up the event and then facilitated all of the fun activities which kick off a life changing week for over 180 children with cancer and their siblings. They even donated our carnival prizes! Help us say thank you to the countless employees at ExxonMobil for making an impact in hundreds of lives!

Why do we love volunteers? Let our Staff tell you!

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Volunteers are the heart and soul of The Periwinkle Foundation.  They give countless hours to make a positive impact in the lives of children, teens and families living with cancer.  We are truly a more dynamic and impactful organization because of their level of support and commitment.  Thank you for “changing lives for life.”  – Doug Suggitt, Executive Director

 

 

Camp Periwinkle 2012 – “Come Fly With Me!”

We had over 180 campers attend Camp Periwinkle Come Fly With Me! Upon arrival on Sunday, the campers were greeted by 120 week long volunteers. Camp kicked off by viewing last year’s camp video followed by a flag raising ceremony, a seven foot rocket launch and carnival. During the week of Camp Periwinkle the campers participated the exciting camp activities:

  • High ropes
  • Archery
  • Biking
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Horseback riding
  • BB gun and paintball target practice

Thanks to the efforts of our volunteers and donors the campers also participated in glamour shots, spa day, arts & crafts, cooking, cabin videos and  Super Hero Olympics Day. On top of all the fun activities the campers enjoyed several catered meals throughout the week. Pappasitos, Scott and Jenifer Jarriel, and Gatti’s Pizza all donated catered meals to Camp Periwinkle. The night activities were a huge success. The oldest campers enjoyed a night at Horseshoe Junction in Brenham, while the youngest campers enjoyed a movie night.

All the campers had a blast at both dances, Circus of the Stars  and Space Jam!. The week wrapped up with Friday Fun Day and the awards banquet followed by the showing to cabin video’s and slide show.

 To view more photos from Camp Periwinkle  Click Here

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