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Strong Kids Campaign 2020

Greetings,

Please consider this invitation to be part of the 2020 Camp Jorn YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. It is a critical part of our ability to fulfill our promise of service to kids and families and allows us all to unite behind a commitment to the future. 

We are whole-heartedly committed to our program base of overnight camp, day camp and child care. Each of these programs thrive with generous community support. Each of them makes a real and definable transformation. There has been a lot of research and camp programs make an awesome impact on the positive development of our children. At its basic level camp provides kids a safe environment whereby they can have meaningful interaction with others. This allows growth in self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision making. This means camp experiences prepare young people for school, careers and healthy adult lives! 

Day camp offers the extra benefit of offering working parents an option for care while they earn a living. And our Child Care Center is open year around supporting families, employers and the foundations of community and education. 

This is powerful beyond words. Your gift to the cause makes a BIG difference – we are not a large conglomerate where your donation gets lost in the shuffle. Every donation drives us forward and this year – your gift will be matched dollar for dollar up to a maximum of $150,000 by the commitment of Anne & John Mueller and G&W Electric. Your $100 gift brings $200 to Camp & Kids. Your $1000 gift brings $2000. How often do you get a chance to double your money and impact? Please consider a stretch gift. Ponder an amount and then double it if you can. Everything that comes in through this effort builds community. The dollars will support direct financial assistance to families in need. And your support sustains the very nature of what we are as a non-profit charitable organization. You are a foundational piece of the place, the programs and the people of CJ. Kids, parents, employees, volunteers, community – we all say THANK YOU!

Gratefully,

 

Dennis Lipp

Executive Director

P.S. IRA Charitable Rollover: Individuals who are 70 ½ or older can make gifts of up to $100,000 directly from their IRA accounts to one or more qualified charities without paying federal income tax on the withdrawal.  Additionally, if you are a Thrivent Member, you may direct Thrivent Choice dollars to this campaign.  The YMCA is an enrolled charity.

Our Donors Make A Difference

Here at Camp Jorn, we believe that every child deserves the chance to experience the wonder of summer outdoor programming. We and our donors are committed to providing this opportunity to children of all ages, backgrounds, abilities, and incomes. When you donate to Camp Jorn you are making camp affordable for families that would otherwise not be able to benefit from our life changing programs and services.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors we were able to help give the gift of camp to 127 Resident and 28 Day Campers for our 2019 season. Our scholarships helped fund between 10-100% of camper fees for qualifying families. We gave away over $125,000 worth of scholarships to happy campers like Tiffany, who was able to experience summer camp for the first time thanks to our generous donors. Tiffany credits Camp Jorn for helping her see life differently and being able to try new things, like going on a four-day hiking camp and tubing. Tiffany was so inspired by her time at Camp that she wanted to pay it forward and donated $20 from money she earned towards future camperships. If you would like the chance to change a child’s life, to help them make new friends, connect with nature, and impact their lives in positive and meaningful way, please consider contributing to our 2019 Strong Kids Campaign.

Together, we can change lives!

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