Thursday, May 13, 2010

Help Send A Richmond Child to Summer Camp

May 13, 2010

Help Send a Richmond Child to Summer Camp

You can give a city of Richmond child the opportunity to enjoy summer camp by contributing to the Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities’ Send-a-Kid-to-Camp Campaign.

The department, in partnership with Radio One, Miss Community Clovia, and the Enrichmond Foundation, will hold a radiothon May 20 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. inviting citizens to help make a difference in a child’s life this summer by donating to the Send-a-Kid-to-Camp campaign.

“These funds help us reach kids in the city that often have few options and need someone in their lives to steer them in the right direction. On the whole, by donating, you are joining our effort to make the city a better place to live for all of us,” said J.R. Pope, director of the department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities.

“We are encouraging everyone to give what they can. By working together, we truly can make a difference,” said Roslyn Johnson, deputy director of the department.

The department offers a nine-week summer camp for children ages 6 - 12 called “Imagine the Possibilities.” The day camp runs from June 21 – Aug. 20 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays. It is offered at 16 locations throughout the city and costs $225 per child for city residents.

The camps provide structured recreational and learning activities that include games, playground activities, physical fitness, athletics, swimming, golf, tennis, field trips, cultural arts, entertainment, and environmental, health and nutrition programs, as well as citizenship, leadership and life skills training. A free breakfast and lunch is provided by the USDA Summer Meals for Kids Program each day of the camp.
Tune in to the Radiothon on 105.7 FM, 99.3 FM, 104.7 FM or 92.1 FM May 20 to make a call-in donation. Citizens can contribute any amount they want, and all donations are tax deductible.

Contributions can also be made on the foundation’s website at or mail checks made payable to the Enrichmond Foundation/Send-A-Kid-to-Camp to 6 North Laurel Street, Room 304, Richmond, Virginia 23220.

For more information, call 804-646-5733.