More than 300 children from low-income West County families are headed to summer camps across Northern California as the result of an annual fundraising effort.
Since 1999, the Richmond nonprofit Youth Enrichment Strategies (YES) has been raising funds to send local kids to summer camps that offer fun and educational outdoor activities.
This year, Richmond-based Chamberlin Family Foundation (CFF), which invests in improvements to public education, provided a $2 match for every dollar donated to YES’s summer camp program. That contribution alone raised $15,000 that sent nearly 100 West County kids to summer camps across Northern California. In total, YES raised more than $38,000 this year.
“All children should have access to safe, enriching experiences over the summer months,” said Susan Chamberlin, CFF co-founder. “Summer camp is an incredible opportunity to learn and grow. It equips students with the skills to help them succeed in college – and life.”
YES provides West County children and families with access to opportunities to learn and grow in the natural environment. Since its inception, the YES summer camp program has reportedly sent more than 4,500 children to week-long, sleep-away summer camps. It has also hosted hundreds of families to weekend family camps.