The Anne Shore Sleep-Away Camp Program Celebrates 40 Years with Farm & Wilderness Camps
Through our camp programs, the 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Corporation (CCC) has formed many lasting bonds with like-minded organizations that are committed to supporting the education and development of children of 1199SEIU members, through memorable experiences. In the fall of 2018, the CCC celebrated 40 years of collaboration with one of them; the Farm & Wilderness Camps (F&W) in Vermont. At the event, held at Funds Headquarters, alumni and parents of former campers shared personal stories about the impact of their camp experiences. Blake Stewart, an F&W Trustee and parent of two alumni, talked about the positive impact of the camp on his family and expressed “the joy felt in having my two ‘families’ brought together at this event.” CCC Vice President Rossmery Dais and F&W Executive Director Rebecca Geart spoke about the importance of camp and their excitement in seeing this special relationship continue to grow.
F&W camps approach educational exploration and personal development in natural settings that are virtually technology- and electricity-free. Participants escape city life and are immersed in activities such as organic farming, and collaborative arts and music experiences. The true impact of a program is often seen only in hindsight, and staff and participants of the past and present were gratified to reflect on their experiences and see how they all fit into the history of this enduring collaboration.
Every year, the YMP offers teens ages 15 to 17 invaluable opportunities to explore careers in the healthcare industry.
Kimberly has participated in Child Care Funds youth programs for most of her life, but her two years in the WorkForce 2000 Program have been the most impactful.
Students graduate from the WF2 Program with tools that prepare them for a wide range of careers in the healthcare industry.
FALC students put their learning into action by participating in a march to raise awareness about the growing climate crisis.
WorkForce 2000 and the Youth Mentoring Programs, allow teenagers to explore career interests by giving them early access to work experiences and professional development.
The survey was designed to measure the impact of 1199SEIU Child Care Funds programming and gain insight into the scope and diversity of members’ needs and their experiences with the programs.