Just mention summer camp and it often evokes memories of toasting marshmallows around a campfire, lifelong friendships, outdoor adventures, and the life-changing experiences. Easter Seals NH's Camp Sno-Mo, located in Gilmanton Iron Works, NH, is now different except campers at this residential program are children and young adults, ages 11-21, with disabilities and special needs. Thanks to the generosity of local snowmobilers and businesses, the kitchen at Camp Sno-Mo just went through a much-needed renovation in time for the 2016 summer camping season.
The NH Snowmobile Association, and its chapters and members have supported Camp Sno-Mo for 44 years and raised $3M to support this thriving program, so when Camp Director Robert Kelly mentioned to Wolfeboro Snowmobile Club President Tom Willand and his wife Diane that the well-used kitchen was in need of some major improvements, they jumped into action by rallying fellow snowmobilers and local businesses to donate their time, talent, and treasure.
"When I heard that the kitchen was more than 25 years old and in need of a major renovation, I knew it was just something I had to make happen," said Wolfboro Snowmobile Club President Tom Willand. "It really is all about the kids."
The entire renovation, which was completed in just five weeks, with all donated time, material, and services totaled $35,000 and includes custom cabinets, stainless steel appliances, tiled flooring, and paint. The kitchen is now ready to serve the more than 100 campers who attend Camp Sno-Mo each summer.
"This new kitchen will allow our campers in wheelchairs to move around the kitchen more easily and the lower countertops will give them easier access," said Camp Sno-Mo Director Rob Kelly. "We are so thankful to our friends at the NH Snowmobile Association who have supported the work we do for more than four decades. They truly go above and beyond over and over again."
In addition to the support from members of the Wolfeboro Snowmobile Club, business and individual supporters of this project also include: Tom & Diane Willand, Cabrico Custom Cabinetry, Fred E. Varney, North East Logistics, First Class Flooring, The Galleria of Tile, Bill Tremmell, Alan B. Jones & Ryan Jones, Smith Electric, Larry Jean, Wilsonart, Kinsley & Korbin Ortisi, and Bryer Cain.
For more information about Camp Sno-Mo or to make a donation, please visit easterseals.com/nh.
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