Affiliated with Carson Valley Community Food Closet
Camille Howard is the chairwoman of Douglas County Empty Bowls for the Food Closet. She has lived in Gardnerville 14 years having moved from Sylmar, California. Though she is retired as a ceramic teacher, and artist with oils and acrylics, Camille keeps pretty bush with the Carson City Children’s Museum, RSVP, work at several schools, China Spring, and as the lead person for Empty Bowls now in its third year. All together she volunteers 100-120 hours a month.
Camille became a volunteer when she was asked to be an Artist in Residence at a school, then “one thing lead to another.” She says, “because I love art, I can’t say ‘no’. Seeing my student’s faces when they see their finished pieces fired, when they want to paint again, that is a great feeling.” She encourages others to volunteer because helping anyone, child or adult do something that they thought they couldn’t do, makes your heart dance. “Just helping one person a few hours a month is a victory.”
The Empty Bowls Project in an international grass roots effort to raise awareness and funds to fight hunger. This year’s Douglas County event is October 9th. Contact the Food Closet, 775-782-3711 to volunteer or purchase tickets.