Camps need a lot of assistance and support, especially from volunteers. In the case of Hope Conference & Renewal Center, some volunteers serve as counselors or nurses. Some paint doors and repair roofs. Some make quilts and sell Avon.
Selling Avon for Camp
Louise Snyder, a member of East Hills Moravian Church in Bethlehem, Pa., has been selling Avon products for almost 50 years. Her daughter, Karen, attended Hope Conference Center, first as a camper and then as a staff member. Louise wanted to join her daughter on camp staff, but serious allergies prevented her from being in a camp environment. So she came up with another way to help “Camp Hope.”
Since the late 1990s, Louise has organized an annual fund-raiser to benefit the camp. She recruits individuals to sell Avon in as many congregations as she can. The sellers turn their sales sheets and money collected over to Louise, who places the order and then divides it up for each congregation when it arrives. All of the profit from those sales, including Louise’s commission, is donated to the camp. Louise also offers prizes to the congregations with the top sales and to the individuals with the top sales amounts.
Each year, fifteen to twenty congregations take part in the event. In the 17 years that Louise has been organizing this fund-raiser, she has raised almost $70,000 to benefit Hope Conference Center. But she is not stopping. If you want to help Louise support Hope Conference Center, you can do it year-round. You can order through Louise’s website, louisesnyder.avonrepresentative.com, at any time during the year. Click on the “Contact me” button and then the “other” button to let her know that you want your order to benefit Hope Conference Center. Or you can order with Louise over the phone—call the camp office for contact information.
Quilting for Camp
Six quilters met at Hope Conference & Renewal Center in early October for the annual Quilt Camp, working together on a cross-stitched quilt top with an autumn theme which had been donated to the group.
The group is happy to accept leftover fabric, quilt tops, quilt pieces, or other materials which anyone does not want or cannot use. The quilters will use the materials to produce quilts, wall hangings and other materials, which they sell at periodic Round Robin events at various Moravian congregations and events. All proceeds from any sales go to Hope Conference Center.
Anyone interested in purchasing a completed quilt or in hosting a Round Robin sale should contact the camp office at email@example.com or call 908.459.4435. ■
From the May 2015 Moravian Magazine