Your impact in action: Making summer fun for kids in need

Apr 21, 2016

Summer break is just a couple months away. For some children, that means it’s almost time to roll out sleeping bags and enjoy summer camp. But for some families, sending their kids to camp for a week is an unaffordable luxury.

Thanks to the Times-Kiwanis Camp Fund, spending the day outdoors running and playing has become a reality for more children in New Jersey. In 2015, a Kiwanis International Foundation grant allowed the program to send even more kids to camp.

Since 1955, the Kiwanis Club of Trenton has partnered with the local newspaper, The Times, to raise donations for the camp fund. Each year, summer camp programs are awarded scholarships or grants through an application process. The result: affordable camp opportunities for children with special needs or from low-income households.

“With the grant from the Kiwanis International Foundation, the program raised nearly US$30,000 to distribute as grants to 10 organizations,” says Alex Treece, Kiwanis club president.

Among the organizations that benefitted from grants were local branches of the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the United States of America, the Catholic Youth Organization and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Since the Times-Kiwanis Camp Fund was founded, thousands of financially-disadvantaged youths and children with special needs have experienced the joys of nature. And now, gifts to the Kiwanis Children’s Fund have given even more children access to the fun, fellowship and growth opportunities of summer camp.