Helping America's most vulnerable®


Helping children in our community gain skills and build bridges that will last a lifetime.

Support our children

Camp HEROES gives children from economically disadvantaged households a chance to experience camping and enjoy fun, healthy outdoor activities such as rock-climbing, fishing, archery, and zip-lining. This unique camp is run by Rochester Police Officers, Firefighters, and EMTs who volunteer their time as camp counselors and leaders. Campers are given the invaluable opportunity to build relationships and learn life skills at a critical time for learning and molding perceptions.

Camp HEROES takes places at the Rotary Sunshine Camp in Rush, 20 min south of Rochester. This year will be the 4th year with 44 children attending.

We are accepting donations of the following items for the campers: travel size shampoos, travel size toothbrushes and toothpaste, deodorant, and sunscreen (spf 15 or higher). Please email if you would like to donate any of these items.

I've been working with children for 15 years, and Camp HEROES was the most rewarding experience I've ever been a part of.

Rob Stedman, VOA's Vice President of Children and Family Services and Camp Director