White Plains, NY (June 30, 2020) – As the camp season begins, the United Way of Westchester and Putnam has partnered with the Westchester Parks Foundation to make summer a little bit happier for underprivileged youth who will be unable to attend camp in person this year.
The Westchester Parks Foundation announced that it will move to a free virtual summer camp for its annual Camp Morty program. Applications have been extended on a first come first serve basis to include one- and two-week sessions to 1,200 children currently part of Westchester County’s Department of Social Services, from home they must be receiving services to be eligible to apply. Camp starts July 6.
United Way donated hundreds of activities, toys, books and other supplies that will be part of a package sent home to campers each week along with curriculum and video instructions so they can participate in online activities. United Way also provided sandals, backpacks and school supplies for fall. The total value of the items donated is about $50,000.
“The generosity of the United Way of Westchester and Putnam will have an incredible impact on the Camp Morty campers and their families,’’ said Camp Morty Director Mary Ehring. “The ability for our parents to not have to worry about purchasing things such as backpacks and school supplies for next year, especially given the current pandemic, will be such a huge economic help for them.”
Camp Morty was founded in 2006 and is operated by the Westchester Parks Foundation in partnership with Westchester County’s Department of Social Services, Department of Community Mental Health and Department of Parks, Recreation, and Conservation. The camp provides a quality outdoor traditional summer camp experience for children ages 8 to 15, many of whom are in foster care, live in homeless shelters, or are under child protective services.