Posted June 5 2013, 10:26 AM PDT by Marilou Ubungen

Grants for Camps – YMCA Summer Camp Scholarships for Homeless Youth and Families in Need

Posted in Grant recipients by Marilou Ubungen

Since 1993, the Windermere Real Estate North, Inc. office in Lynnwood, Washington has been building on its commitment to providing the opportunity for homeless kids to attend summer camp. Through a partnership with YMCA Camping Services, a department of the YMCA of Greater Seattle, and funding through the Windermere Foundation, the office has provided monies for camp scholarships for youth ages seven through seventeen to attend overnight summer camp at either Camp Orkila on Orcas Island, or Camp Colman on the Key Peninsula. Over the years, scholarships have been extended to include financially distressed families as well. Without this funding, this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity simply would not exist for many deserving kids.

   
The YMCA in-resident summer camp programs run anywhere from eight to twenty-one days. There are traditional sessions for younger kids, involving round-the-clock fun, mentorship, outdoor activities, positive leadership and amazing personal growth. There are also incredibly successful teen leadership development programs specifically developed to help teens build strong positive bonds amongst themselves and their leaders, to build good solid character through core values-based programming, and to build friendships for life—all while having a tremendous amount of fun!

  
“This scholarship program is near and dear to our hearts,” said Windermere designated broker and owner, Lena Maul. Many years ago, their office began a family-oriented, office retreat weekend to YMCA Camp Orkila. The idea was to create the opportunity for their office brokers and their families to spend a weekend together, be involved in the onsite program, and to experience the actual program they support. “This has created a personal connection to the actual facility, its leadership staff, and to its programming,” said Maul. “Experiencing and understanding the focus of our donations has become critical in the ongoing commitment.” The retreat has become an annual event.

Agent donations to the Windermere Foundation are used to fund the camp scholarships. Throughout the years, over $110,000 has been pledged, raised, and donated by the brokers in the Windermere Real Estate North, Inc. office to provide this wonderful opportunity. This year, over $8,000 has been raised to once again continue supporting camper scholarships.

This scholarship program is near and dear to our hearts,” said Windermere designated broker and owner, Lena Maul. Many years ago, their office began a family-oriented, office retreat weekend to YMCA Camp Orkila. The idea was to create the opportunity for their office brokers and their families to spend a weekend together, be involved in the onsite program, and to experience the actual program they support. “This has created a personal connection to the actual facility, its leadership staff, and to its programming,” said Maul. “Experiencing and understanding the focus of our donations has become critical in the ongoing commitment.” The retreat has become an annual event.

 

Agent donations to the Windermere Foundation are used to fund the camp scholarships. Throughout the years, over $110,000 has been pledged, raised, and donated by the brokers in the Windermere Real Estate North, Inc. office to provide this wonderful opportunity. This year, over $8,000 has been raised to once again continue supporting camper scholarships. 


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