🌟 Empower Orphaned Kids in Ukraine: Help Fund Shade for Children's Summer Camps! 🌟
Shade for Children is on a mission to bring joy, love, and unforgettable experiences to orphaned and vulnerable children in Western Ukraine. We've been making a difference both before and during the ongoing war, and now, we need your support to continue spreading smiles.
You can join us this #GivingTuesday here on #GiveSendGo to sponsor summer camps in 2024.
Founders Clinton and Lena White led camps for more than a decade before founding Shade for Children in 2019 as a beacon of hope for children in need. We're not just a charity; we're a 501(c)3 organization in the U.S. and a Ukrainian Charity Fund, committed to making a lasting impact.
For several years, we've relied on the generosity of our community during the year-end giving season to fund our camps, typically held in June and July. Early funding in January and February is crucial to secure stunning camp locations, such as the picturesque mountainside site we utilized in 2023.
Our Vision: "No abandoned kids."
Our Mission: Unite churches and communities to cherish orphaned and vulnerable children.
At Shade for Children, diversity is a strength. Approximately 50% of our camp attendees come from local foster and adoptive families, a local orphanage, and social service referrals. The remaining 50% is comprised of enthusiastic kids from local churches partnering with us. Together, they create a vibrant and inclusive camp atmosphere.
In 2022, amid the early months of the war, we opened our doors to internally displaced (IDP) families, providing solace and support. Partnering with OpSafe, we implemented a trauma-informed curriculum, ensuring these children received the care they deserved. Last year, our collaboration with ServeNow in Ukraine resulted in an equally effective camp plan.
A typical camp day is packed with activities that foster growth, camaraderie, and pure joy. From morning exercises to evening worship, our schedule includes engaging sessions, games, free time, and even late-night activities like dances and contests.
How You Can Help:
We're seeking to raise $6000 to provide 1-2 weeks of summer camp at a minimal expense to families. Your contribution will directly impact the lives of these children, creating memories that last a lifetime.
Join us in making a difference. Your support ensures that Shade for Children continues to be a haven for these kids, offering them the love and care they deserve. Together, let's build a brighter future for the next generation.
Donate Now and Be a Part of Something Extraordinary!
Thank you for being a beacon of hope for Shade for Children.
Clinton and Lean and the Shade for Children team!
Be sure to check out our newly redesigned website and our other major initiative, Blossom Cottage: www.shadeforchildren.org and you can find us on Facebook and Instagram, too.