Accomplishment Spotlight: AmeriCorps VISTA Member Connects New Mexico American Legion Auxiliary Members to Operation Military Kids September 11, 2012Posted by servicecorpsnews in Accomplishment Spotlight.
Linda Mclain, an ALA Call to Service Corps VISTA member assigned to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of New Mexico, has spent the bulk of her service term strengthening the Auxiliary’s support of Operation Military Kids (OMK). OMK is a national program that offers support and services to military children and youth. Among her responsibilities, Mclain has recruited volunteers from the Auxiliary and the The American Legion to assist with the Operation Military Kids Camp at Spirit Ranch in Las Cruces, New Mexico earlier this summer. The camp offered military children and youth from across New Mexico a wide range of team building, recreational, social and educational activities. The mission of OMK Camps is to build resilience amongst the children by integrating social and emotional learning.
The children engaged in a variety of activities such as preparing nutritious meals outdoors, planting herbs in take home planters, making picture frames and also making and decorating journal boxes. They engaged in activities to help them build social skills. Students delivered presentations about their personal experiences of overcoming the effects of military life. The camp was a huge success. The children were able to establish friendships with other children who were also experiencing having a deployed military parent. Mclain offers her thanks to the Auxiliary and The Legion members who committed their time to making this a success as onsite volunteers, as well as others who made donations of time or resources.