LaidOffCamp, Networking The Unemployed

What's Hot


2 Types of Black Marks Might Vanish From Your Credit File SoonBorrow

6 Ways the Obamacare Overhaul Might Impact Your WalletInsurance

7 Dumb and Costly Moves Homebuyers MakeBorrow

This Free Software Brings Old Laptops Back to LifeMore

Obamacare Replacement Plan Gets ‘F’ Rating from Consumer ReportsFamily

Beware These 12 Common Money MistakesCredit & Debt

21 Restaurants Offering Free Food Right NowSaving Money

17 Ways to Have More Fun for Less MoneySave

House Hunters: Beware of These 6 Mortgage MistakesBorrow

30 Household Uses for Baby OilSave

25 Ways to Spend Less on FoodMore

Nearly Half of Heart-Related Deaths Linked to These 10 Foods and IngredientsFamily

5 Surprising Benefits of Exercising Outdoors in WinterFamily

10 Ways to Save When You’re Making Minimum WageSave

Boost Your Credit Score Fast With These 7 MovesCredit & Debt

7 Painless Ways to Pay Off Your Mortgage Years EarlierBorrow

The Most Sinful City in the U.S. Is … (Hint: It’s Not Vegas)Family

The True Cost of Bad CreditCredit & Debt

10 Companies With the Best 401(k) PlansGrow

This Scam Now Tops ID Theft as the No. 2 Consumer ComplaintFamily

6 Stores With Awesome Reward ProgramsFamily

6 Ways to Save More at Lowe’s and The Home DepotSave

6 Healthful Treats for Your DogFamily

New Study Ranks the Best States in the U.S.Family

Thousands of Millionaires Moving to 1 Country — and Leaving AnotherGrow

Strapped for College Costs? How to Get the Most From FAFSABorrow

6 Overlooked Ways to Save at Chick-fil-AFamily

Ask Stacy: What’s the Fastest Way to Pay Off My Mortgage?Borrow

Where to Sell Your Stuff for Top DollarAround The House

8 Ways to Get a Good Price on a Shiny New AutoCars

Ask Stacy: How Do I Start Over?Credit & Debt

Secret Cell Plans: Savings Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint Don’t Want You to Know AboutFamily

30 Awesome Things to Do in RetirementCollege

14 Super Smart Ways to Save on TravelSave

The Rich Prefer Modest Cars — Should You Join Them?Cars

You’ll Soon Pay More to Shop at CostcoSave

10 Ways to Save When Your Teen Starts DrivingFamily

Looking for work? Go to camp! LaidOffCamp that is. It's a camp for the unemployed, where the laid off look for work, connections, ideas, and maybe a little hope.

Looking for work? Go to camp! LaidOffCamp that is. It’s a camp for the unemployed, where the laid off look for work, connections, ideas, and maybe a little hope.

“It’s been very encouraging because you come here and you meet other people who are in the same situation, but we’re hearing very inspirational ideas about how we can take our skills and create our own opportunities.”
-Gloria Williams, LaidOffCamp Attendee

Gloria is one of many people attending what’s called a summer camp for the laid-off: it’s a place where people can try to find work, learn to start their own business… and maybe just find a sympathetic ear.

“I equate it to, you know, a barn raising in the Amish country where the whole community comes together and helps people out. I just wanted to do something that would give people some hope, instead of sitting around and complaining. You know, get some ideas and get out there and get hired.”
-Rick Tuttle, LaidOffCamp

These camps started in San Francisco and are now spreading around the country. It’s very informal: the attendees of the conference set their agenda and discuss whatever they want. In fact, the agenda isn’t set until the morning of the camp and anyone is welcome to be a presenter. And the cost? Free… including breakfast and lunch.

For people like Gloria, it may not be as good as a job, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction.

“When you’re by yourself, you tend to get depressed and you feel like there aren’t many opportunities. But when you come here, you get very excited by the ideas that are presented to you. So I’m really glad I came today.”
-Gloria Williams, LaidOffCamp Attendee

Bottom line? Camps like LaidOffCamp can help the laid off discover other options, like becoming self-employed. But if nothing else, they’re a great place to pick up something that for many is in short supply these days: hope.

To find a LaidOffCamp near you, or start a new one, visit LaidOffCamp.com.

Stacy Johnson

It's not the usual blah, blah, blah

I know... every site you visit wants you to subscribe to their newsletter. But our news and advice is actually worth reading! For 25 years, I've been making people richer without making their eyes glaze over. You'll be glad you did. I guarantee it!

💰🗣📰

Read Next: 50 Ways to Make a Fast $50

Check Out Our Hottest Deals!

We're always adding new deals and coupons that'll save you big bucks. See the deals to the right and hundreds more in our Deals section.

Click here to explore 2,007 more deals!