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Lisa Hill, a 54-year-old Waldo resident, volunteers hundreds of hours every summer as the sole founder and director of the Waldo Summer Camp. Hill proposed the idea for a summer camp at a 2011 city of Waldo board meeting after she realized many kids in Waldo have nothing to do while school is out for break. Hill had sent her youngest child, Draven, to the local Boys and Girls Club, and she was surprised to see how many Waldo families couldn’t afford to put their kids in summer camp. Hill founded the camp in 2011 and has been running it ever since. She is not compensated for the camp, which is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and she works nights as a security guard for Securitas Security. Despite both long days and nights, Hill said she would not change anything about her situation. “The kids are my world,” Hill said. “There is nothing that is gonna stop me from doing this.”
The kids are my world,” Hill said. “There is nothing that is gonna stop me from doing this.
Hill works a security shift at the Holiday Inn on University Avenue in Gainesville. She works as a security guard from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. and then opens the Waldo Community Center at 7:15 a.m. the next morning for summer camp where she will volunteer until 4 p.m. She does not receive any compensation for directing the Waldo Summer Camp.