The Summer Fund Receives $570,000 Multi-Year Grant to Support Homeless Campership Initiative from Liberty Mutual Foundation
Funding will provide summer camp slots to over 2600 homeless children in Boston region.
Boston, MA – June 29, 2016 – The Summer Fund, a donor collaborative at Associated Grant Makers, is pleased to be the recipient of a two-year $570,000 grant to support its Homeless Campership Initiative (HCI). The mission of the Summer Fund is to ensure that underserved children and youth in the Greater Boston area have access to a wide variety of affordable, high-quality camp-based recreational and learning opportunities, by providing resources for operational support, capacity building and professional development.
Started by the Summer Fund in 1988, the Homeless Campership Initiative targets families in homeless shelters and those facing housing insecurities and provides camp subsidies (or camperships) for homeless youth. The Homeless Campership Initiative offers 650 camperships annually to vulnerable children. The HCI affords homeless youth an opportunity to experience camp and enjoy safe, fun enrichment activities during the summer months.
“The generous funding provided by Liberty Mutual will enable us to dramatically increase our impact. This grant will allow the Summer Fund to offer 2600 free camperships for homeless youth to attend summer camps over the next two years.” explains Dayna Antenucci, Senior Director of The Summer Fund. “For many of these children it means the opportunity to enjoy a summer camp where they can hike, swim, and play with their peers instead of being confined indoors, or not having a structured day.”
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh recently announced significant investments for homelessness services in his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2017. In addition, Boston Centers for Youth and Families (BCYF), one of the City of Boston’s largest youth and human service agencies, offers dozens of neighborhood-based summer day camps and programs for Boston’s young people including high-risk and proven-risk youth.
“I thank all those involved in the Homeless Campership Initiative for their important work in providing summer programs for youth across our city, particularly those who might not otherwise have access to these great opportunities,” said Mayor Walsh. “This initiative, in collaboration with programs offered by BCYF for Boston’s young people, are critical to supporting the needs of our at-risk youth in Boston.”
“Liberty Mutual Insurance and our Foundation are proud to be part of the impact and accomplishment the Homeless Campership Initiative provides to homeless and very low income children,” stated Melissa MacDonnell, President of Liberty Mutual Foundation and Vice President of Liberty Mutual Insurance. “Providing this grant enables us to promote access to summer enrichment opportunities and summer learning for hundreds of homeless youth in Greater Boston.”
The Summer Fund will be working with 100 day and overnight camps, 25 homeless shelters and other social service agencies to bring camp experiences to over 2600 homeless youth during the summers of 2016 and 2017.
About Liberty Mutual Foundation
Established in 2003, the Liberty Mutual Foundation supports the communities in which we live and work. Our grants support nonprofits that are changing the lives of some of our most vulnerable neighbors. To that end, our grant-making priorities focus on organizations and programs in Boston that provide accessibility for individuals of all abilities; security for men, women and children who are homeless; and educational opportunities for children who are living in poverty. Our goal is to invest in leadership that is responsible. To that end, we give preference to nonprofit organizations with these attributes: solid financials; clearly articulated systems for measuring impact; a strong board and staff; and thoughtful strategic plans and budgets. http://www.libertymutualgroup.com
About The Summer Fund
Founded in 1971 by Associated Grant Makers, the Summer Fund donor is a donor collaborative providing a strategic coordinated approach to build, strengthen, and sustain a network of high-quality summer camps and programs for disadvantaged and at-risk youth. The mission of the Summer Fund is to ensure that underserved children and youth in the Greater Boston area have access to a wide variety of affordable, high-quality camp-based recreational and learning opportunities, by providing resources for operational support, capacity building and professional development. In addition to the Homeless Campership, initiatives of the Summer Fund include a Teen Leadership Institute providing job readiness training for youth to help them achieve success as a summer camp counselor; and a Cultural Day Initiative offering free field trips and access to arts, cultural and historical activities for camps to enrich their summer curriculums. http://www.summerfund.org
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