Youth, Philanthropy and . . . Summer Camp?

Southern Tier Chapter In Running for $1,000 Grant

DAT Volunteer Dianne Zavada shows the ERV to campers from Camp Poyntelle Lewis Village.

The Chapter shared its experiences during Irene/Lee, and the children in turn shared their experiences during Hurricane Sandy.

Twenty-six campers, ages 12-14, who are participating in a youth philanthropy project as part of their summer experience at Camp Poyntelle Lewis Village in northeast Pennsylvania, came to the Southern Tier Chapter on Tuesday, July 30, to do a ‘site visit’ as they consider the Chapter for a competitive $1,000 grant to support delivery of disaster relief services in the region.

Emergency Services Manager Rick Larson, AmeriCorps Mary Woitach and volunteer Dianne Zavada, along with Major Gift Officer Donna Hill, presented to the campers, giving them a close-up look at clean-up and comfort kits, sheltering and feeding supplies, the Chapter’s ERV and more.

The children also learned about the process of delivering Red Cross disaster relief services, as well as the costs involved. The Chapter shared its experiences during Irene/Lee, and the children in turn shared their experiences during Hurricane Sandy, as the majority of the campers were from the Greater New York area. They were especially glad to learn that our Chapter and Region sent many volunteers downstate and to New Jersey to help during Sandy.

The Chapter is one of two finalist local nonprofits to be considered for the Camp Poyntelle Lewis Village grant. But, hey, even if another worthy organization ultimately wins it, we have 26 young people primed and excited to be future Red Cross volunteers.