CAMDEN, NJ — The Salvation Army Kroc Center in Camden has received a $20,000 grant from longtime corporate partner Wells Fargo to support its annual summer programs.
The award will benefit Camp Kroc, a 250-student summer camp for children ages 5 to 13, and the Kroc Krew leadership program, which provides job skills to 30 teens.
This marks the fifth year for Camp Kroc, which runs from June 25 to August 16 as a week-day option for families to send their kids. The camp features STEM, athletics, and aquatics. Kroc Krew, in its fourth year, offers a volunteer opportunity for 14 to 18-year-olds, with a focus on first aid training, CPR, and child care.
Benjamin Ovadia, resource development manager for the Kroc Center, said the grant will help "negotiate hard costs" of the programs, including training, background checks, and food.
"For years they've supported our special events," Ovadia said. "This is a major gift in sort of a new direction."
Wells Fargo contributed $500,000 alongside other donors to create the Kroc Center, a 120,000 square foot facility that opened in October 2014. The project reached nearly $10 million in local support, Ovadia said, a requirement made by philanthropist Joan Kroc, the widow of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, who sought to establish facilities across the country.
The money brought in from local philanthropy was added to a $59 million combined capital and endowment grant from the late Mrs. Kroc for the 26th and final Kroc Center.
Ovadia said funding for the summer programs offered at the center mostly comes from county vouchers. About 10 percent of families receive scholarships each year to cover the Camp Kroc fee, which starts at $90 per week after discounts.