January 22, 2019
Summer Fund Gets $600K to Support Homeless Youth

April 26, 2018 —The Summer Fund, a nonprofit donor collaborative based in Boston that ensures underserved children and youth in Greater area have access to a wide variety of affordable, high-quality camp-based recreational and learning opportunities, today announced it has have been awarded a $600,000 grant.

The Summer Fund said the grant, from the Liberty Mutual Foundation, will support its Homeless Campership Fund (HCF), which supports families facing housing insecurities by providing camp subsidies for homeless youth.

"Liberty Mutual's ongoing support of the Homeless Campership Fund allows the Summer Fund to continue providing Greater Boston's most vulnerable youth with critical summer enrichment experiences" said Sean Higgins, the Summer Fund's program manager. "This increased investment will bolster our capacity to subsidize summer camp for youth experiencing housing instability and will foster deeper engagement with our shelter and camp partners."

The grant follows two years of implementation and operation of HCF programs supported, which was an initial award of $570,000 from the Liberty Mutual Foundation. The Summer Fund used those funds to work with 25 homeless shelters and summer camps to provide enrichment experiences to more than 400 homeless youth each of the past two summers.

HCF, launched in 1988, provides enrichment activities at no cost to youth and their families.

"The Homeless Campership Initiative provides a fun and engaging summer camp experience for vulnerable youth in our community. It's an experience that they might not otherwise have, and Liberty Mutual Insurance and our foundation are grateful for the opportunity to support this program," said Melissa MacDonnell, president of Liberty Mutual Foundation.

Founded in 1971, the Summer Fund donor collaborative was established by Associated Grant Makers address issues of racial, ethnic, and socio-economic disparities by recognizing the need for summer enrichment opportunities for underserved youth, and to steward the fair and equitable distribution of resources to ensure access to those opportunities. It does that by creating a pooled funding mechanism to leverage donor resources, fostering the development of a diverse network of quality camps, and increasing collaboration among funders and community partners

Specifically, the fund supports programs serving at-risk children and youth ages 6-18, from low to moderate income households in Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, and Somerville. Each year, between 10,000-12,000 campers enjoy as many as 300 free field trips, on-site cultural activities, and other arts and historical experiences.

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