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United Way of Northern New Jersey North Essex Camp Fund Nears Goal of 250 Camp Scholarships

Rob is a 9-year-old boy who could use a little levity and fun in his life this summer. Rob watched his younger brother struggle with a debilitating illness for four years until a few months ago when the young boy passed away. A local school principal has asked that Rob be considered a candidate for a United Way of Northern New Jersey North Essex Camp Fund scholarship.

Rob, according to the principal, understood that it was his job to help his family by doing well in school. He sought to make his family proud by working hard to improve his grades and staying after school to do his homework while his mother was busy caring for his brother.

“With all that Rob has been through, he deserves something positive to look forward to,” his principal said. “A summer camp experience would do him a world of good and give him a much-needed outlet, not only physically, but mentally and socially as well.”

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Now in its 70th year, the United Way North Essex Camp Fund has provided camp scholarships to thousands of needy children since 1941. Thanks to the Fund, Rob and other children like him can benefit from a summer camp experience, participating in fun and educational activities, such as swimming, hiking, nature exploration and arts-and-crafts – activities that might otherwise be out of their reach. All donations go to fund scholarships; none are used to support United Way administrative costs.

The scholarships offer children with disabilities or from low-income families the opportunity to enjoy a week at a camp run by half-a-dozen United Way partner agencies. To date, the Fund has raised nearly $30,000 of its $36,000 goal for the 2011 camp season. In total, United Way hopes to provide camp scholarships for 250 needy and at-risk youngsters living in the Caldwells, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Glen Ridge, Livingston, Montclair, Roseland and Verona.

“Children like Rob, who dedicate themselves to staying on the right track despite significant obstacles, deserve our support,” said Cynthia Villarosa, chief professional officer at the North Essex office of United Way of Northern New Jersey. “We can’t do it alone. We rely on the community’s generosity to make these scholarships happen. With just a little more help we can reach our goal and send the remaining children in need to camp.”

In addition, United Way is offering the Camp Counselors’ Club, which provides donors with the opportunity to sponsor a specific child for $300. Club donors will receive a personal thank you note from the child.

Please send your tax-deductible contribution to United Way of Northern New Jersey North Essex Camp Fund, 60 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042.  For more information, email Cynthia.Villarosa@UnitedWayNNJ.org or call 973-746-4040.

 

New Donor List

Cedar Grove

Mrs. Sylvia Van Cleave

 

Essex Fells

Mr. and Mrs. David Bate

 

Fairfield

Mrs. Phyllis A. Caputo

 

Livingston

Ms. Angela M. Ober

Ms. Deborah Rose

 

Montclair

Ms. Dorothy H. McRae & Ms. Caroline Hinton

Nicole and Robert Rinklin

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Turner – Camp Counselors Club

 

North Caldwell

Ms. Karen H. Nerlfi

 

West Caldwell

Mr. and Mrs. William T. Gleason

 

Non-Essex Locales

Summit, N.J.:Javier and Johanna Rossell

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