WHAT IS #GIVINGTUESDAY?
#GivingtuesdayChesco is part of a national celebration of generosity. It’s a day to give a gift that makes an impact – right here in our own community. It’s a way to let your values be part of your holiday giving.
Camp Dreamcatcher is fortunate enough to be listed as a participating nonprofit on the Giving Tuesday webpage: http://www.givingtuesdaychesco.org/
We hope that you will consider donating to Camp Dreamcatcher this Giving Tuesday, as you keep our campers and their families in mind during the holiday season. Each year we offer numerous therapeutic and educational programs for children whose lives have been touched by HIV/AIDS. These programs are all free for the kids, so we are 100% dependent on generous people like you to help. November 28 is the official Giving Tuesday, but feel free to give anytime that suits you!
Please share this information with family and friends who may be interested in helping Camp Dreamcatcher or another amazing nonprofit in the area.
“Nobody gets judged at camp.”
To provide safe, therapeutic and educational services to HIV/AIDS impacted youth and their families.
To foster an atmosphere of tolerance, compassion, respect and understanding through volunteer opportunities, services and expanded community involvement.
“It’s important to have a place like Camp Dreamcatcher because some kids don’t have Love.”
WHO WE SERVE
Camp Dreamcatcher has been providing FREE programs to HIV/AIDS impacted youth for 21 years! Our 21st Therapeutic and Educational Camp Session was held August 20-26, 2017. The program served 122 HIV/AIDS impacted youth between the ages of 5-17, and 10 young adults between the ages of 18-25. 83% of the campers were African American, 8% Latino/Latina, 3% Caucasian, 2% Asian American and 4% Biracial. 100% of the campers come from low-income households, and only 15% have access to free therapeutic and educational programs in their own communities. The campers came from PA, DE, NJ, NY, VA and MD. 230 counselors, medical personnel, professionals and community members volunteered for the session. There were 56 male and 76 female campers.
“Everyone needs a place where you feel welcomed.”
A one-week therapeutic camp session
HIV/AIDS Education and Community Outreach
HIV/AIDS & Diversity Counselor Training
Weekend Teen and Young Adult Leadership Retreats
Holiday Adopt-a-Family Program
“This last week meant the most to me. It has improved my life by making me feel good about myself.”
MEETING OUR GOALS
The following Program Goals were achieved during the camp session:
- To improve the physical and emotional health of the children. The strategies offered to achieve this goal include a variety of therapeutic modalities provided during the week and at weekend retreats. For example, 110 therapeutic sessions (psychotherapy, music therapy, art therapy, sessions with therapeutic dogs, yoga, acupuncture, equine mindfulness based therapy, wilderness based therapy and massage) were offered during the camp week.
- To offer educational sessions that explore issues, problems and concerns common amongst HIV/AIDS infected and/or affected youth. During the camp session, 40 age appropriate educational sessions were offered on depression, HIV/AIDS, grief, eating disorders, body image, abuse, addiction, conflict resolution, anger management, puberty education and suicide prevention.
- To increase HIV medication adherence. Groups addressing the barriers to adherence and strategies to increase adherence were offered throughout the week. The Drexel College of Medicine launched the first HIV/AIDS gaming app called CD4 HUNTER with our Leaders in Training (LIT’s) during the camp session. The LIT’s evaluated the game and presented it to our Teen Camp program participants.
- To increase knowledge about HIV/AIDS and to explore attitudes and values regarding this issue. Our HIV/AIDS & Diversity Training provided to the counselors offers a supportive space to explore these issues.
- To give the children and adolescents attending our programs the chance to feel free from the secret of HIV/AIDS and have fun – just like any other kids! During the camp week, we provided 145 recreational programs. These included arts & crafts, archery, karate, swimming, fishing, hiking, go-kart racing, a one man side show, Hedgerow Theatre, miniature golf, dodge ball, basketball, horseback riding, Moon Bounce, hip hop dancing and visits with small animals. The Leaders in Training created a wall of “Random Thoughts and Acts of Kindness” that filled up with sticky notes full of positive quotes and messages of love and hope. Thanks to some wonderful donors, we were all able to watch the solar eclipse at camp!
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
On #GivingTuesday (or any day in this season of Thanksgiving), please consider giving a donation to Camp Dreamcatcher. Although all levels of support are important to the camp’s success, the camp is free to all children who wish to attend, so please, consider the following when choosing a way to contribute:
- A gift of $1500 will support camper transportation for the camp week
- A gift of $500 will sponsor one child to attend the camp week
- A gift of $250 will support our therapeutic programming for the camp week
- A gift of $150 will sponsor one teen to attend the Teen Leadership Retreat
- A gift of $150 will support the HIV/AIDS & Diversity Counselor Training
- A gift of $100 will support medical supplies for the camp week
- A gift of $50 will support art/craft supplies for the camp week
- A gift of $25 will support our art/crafts program for the camp week
“People know about how I live and love me no matter what.”
November 28 is the official Giving Tuesday, but feel free to give anytime that suits you! Donations can be made by clicking the Donate button below, by visiting our website at www.campdreamcatcher.org, or by mailing a check made out to Camp Dreamcatcher to: 148 West State St., Suite 104, Kennett Square, PA 19348. Please feel free to call our office at 610-925-2998 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the #GivingTuesdayChesCo program.
Thank you from the bottom or our hearts for making dreams come true for the children served by Camp Dreamcatcher. We wish you a happy holiday season!