Stewpot Summer Camp
Stewpot Community Services
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In just a few days, summer will be upon us and Stewpot's Summer Camp will be in full swing. Each weekday morning in summer, the steps in front of Stewpot will be filled with as many as 200 Kindergarten through -12th-grade campers, so excited about what the day may bring that many of them find it hard to sit still. As early as 7am, children from the impoverished community surrounding Stewpot begin to arrive for a day filled with Vacation Bible Schools, art, gardening, sports, movies, museums, book clubs and singing. Their energy and joy is matched only by the staff of summer camp counselors greeting them and guiding them throughout the day.
The children in our program live below the poverty line in the poorest area of Jackson, Mississippi. They often go without some of the very things many of us take for granted, including having somewhere to go or someone to care for them when school is out for the summer. Stewpot Summer Camp provides a safe, nurturing, exciting place for them to come each day.
For children who rarely have the opportunity to venture past the invisible confines of their community,Stewpot Summer Camp offers a portal to the city and world around them. Weekly field trips provide them with new ideas and different ways of thinking about the world.
The average cost of seven weeks of summer care for a child is $560 per child. Stewpot relies on volunteers and donations to reduce that cost, making us able to provide Summer Camp at only $300 per student. Often, this is still too much for the parents of our children to pay. So, Stewpot does not ask their parents or guardians to pay anything. Instead we rely on generous donors like yourself to help make sure no child has to spend their summer alone or in the streets.
As of May 23, we have received almost $20,000 in donations for Summer Camp. We need $40,000 more to make sure all of the 200 kids who want to attend Summer Camp are able to join us. Please consider making a donation through the GivingGrid and spreading the word of this campaign through social media and email. Thank you!
About the organization
Stewpot Community Services
1100 West Capitol St.
Jackson, Mississippi 39203