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Mission Statement

The Laurel Foundation’s educational and support programs are designed to improve the quality of life of over 500 children, youth and families affected by HIV/AIDS each year. The mission of The Laurel Foundation is to empower children, youth and families affected by HIV/AIDS through educational and support programs in a safe and trusting environment. While HIV/AIDS is often an isolating illness because of negative social stigma and the sickness or loss of a parent, The Laurel Foundation aims to eradicate this isolation through a comprehensive approach, including residential camps, mentorship, life enhancement workshops, ongoing support programs and collaborative partnerships. Programs provide opportunities for participants to build a social support system with peers, develop special bonds with adult volunteers who serve as crucial role models, and learn important life skills. These program elements serve as the foundation that supports social and emotional development, boosts self-esteem, builds trust and helps participants identify their strengths and achieve personal goals.


The Laurel Foundation is a registered, non-profit organization founded in 1992 by Margot Andrew-Anderson. Committed to improving the lives of children living with HIV and AIDS, we believe that every child has the right to experience the wonder of childhood. Through our programs we strive to contribute to the development of each child’s self esteem, self-awareness and self-fulfillment.


Average Review 2 reviews

Would you recommend The Laurel Foundation?

by Alishia K. (2016-06-09 23:51:31.0)
This was my third camp volunteering with The Laurel Foundation and I had an absolute blast! The people really are a family there from the campers that return year after year to the incredible staff they have. It truly is unlike any camp I've ever worked for, and I've worked at plenty. Volunteer with The Laurel Foundation and you'll do more that just join the team, you'll become part of an incredible family.
by Lauren F. (Administrator for this Organization) (2014-04-07 14:41:57.0)
The Laurel Foundation is one of the best places I have ever worked. Its obvious that all the volunteers and staff care deeply about the mission of The Laurel Foundation and about the kids and families they serve. Camp Laurel is a special place thats almost impossible to describe. It has all the typical summer camp activities- kayaking, archery, hiking, arts & crafts- but the love and care that the volunteers exude during camp really sets it far apart from any other camp I've been a part of. About 75% of The Laurel Foundation volunteers are returners, which makes being a part of Camp Laurel like being a part of a family. Its a difficult, exhausting, fun, and fantastic experience that I'm so incredibly blessed to have been a part of!