Person-to-Person sent needy kids to camp with Bishops Fund grant
The Bishop's Fund for Children granted $5,000 to the Person-to-Person Campership Program, which underwrites the cost of summer camp for Stamford children from low-income households.
P2P Director of Social Services Marina Thomas notes that the Campership Program is a necessity for low-income families. "The working poor want their children to be in a safe and nurturing environment when school is out during the summer months, but their options are limited," Thomas said.
Funded entirely by individual donors and grant-makers such as the Bishop's Fund, the Campership Program sends hundreds of children each year to more than 15 area day camps for the entire summer.
Created to enhance awareness of the plight of children at risk throughout Connecticut, the Bishop's Fund supports various social service programs that aid these children.
"Our missions are complementary -- to educate people about the need while providing opportunities for those in need," Thomas said. "We are most grateful for their generous contribution to this important program."
Person-to-Person, Inc., a non-profit agency, was originally established in 1968 by St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Darien. Its mission was to bring together the needs of people in disadvantaged areas of nearby communities with the resources of people in Darien and the surrounding areas, thereby providing basic emergency services to low-income individuals and families living in lower Fairfield County. A volunteer-driven agency, Person-to-Person is committed to helping clients achieve self-sufficiency through practical help, advocacy, education and problem-solving initiatives. Programs include Emergency Assistance, Campership and Scholarship. In 2009, Person-to-Person helped 24,780 people avert crisis and make ends meet. These efforts are made possible by in-kind donations, a force of more than 2,000 volunteers and financial contributions. More information can be found at www.p2pdarien.org or by calling 203-655-0048.