Jul 15, 2015

Today is the Day! Donation Matching Until Midnight

Bus Arrival: They feel special from the start!
Bus Arrival: They feel special from the start!

This is just a friendly reminder that TODAY is THE DAY when every donation of $1,000 or less will be matched by a 40% donation from Global Giving. The deadline is midnight tonight! Please click here to make your tax-deductible contribution.

We need YOUR support to continue our success in changing lives. “Children and adolescents with foster care experience are diagnosed with PTSD at twice the rate of US war veterans.”  Our no-cost mentoring programs, with early intervention in a supportive environment, provide special healing. We ARE making a difference! Our campers continue to grow and flourish despite the adversity they face. The statistics on education alone show that 82% of foster youth involved with Camp Horizon programs graduate from high school, compared to 46% nationwide. Furthermore, 64% of our former campers enroll in college, compared to 20% of foster youth nationwide.

We are holding up to our mission of working to restore dignity and hope to children, teens and young adults who have been abused and neglected - empowering them to make good decisions and lead healthy, productive lives. Since 1982, Camp Horizon has helped campers believe they are children of promise.

Thank you for your continued support of Camp Horizon, our staff, our volunteers and most importantly our campers!

The Camp Horizon Team

 

Huffington Post "Non Profit of the Month" Award for June 2013

"Top Rated NonProfit for 2013" Award from Great NonProfits

Climbing Wall - Learning Determination
Climbing Wall - Learning Determination
Drumming in the Treehouse
Drumming in the Treehouse
Morning Thoughts: Our founder giving inspiration
Morning Thoughts: Our founder giving inspiration
Horseback: Gaining up the courage of a first ride.
Horseback: Gaining up the courage of a first ride.
Meeting new friends; forming healthy relationships
Meeting new friends; forming healthy relationships
Jul 14, 2015

Stretch Your Dollars! ONE DAY ONLY! - 40% Donation Matching, July 15th

Beach theme. Counselors are ready!
Beach theme. Counselors are ready!

ONE DAY ONLY - 40% DONATION MATCHING, JULY 15th.

Camp Horizon just marked our 33rd year of summer camp restoring dignity and hope to Atlanta's youth in foster care. We’d like to give special thanks to the volunteers and donors who made this life-changing week possible. Our board and staff of camp counselors are all volunteers, which allows the money that we raise to go directly to the needs of the children. In fact, last year, we had over 250 volunteers who served more than 10,000 hours. If you cannot give your time, please consider giving financial support.

Tomorrow is the largest Bonus Day of the year! Beginning at 9AM, each donation of $1,000 or less will be matched by a 40% donation from Global Giving. We'll send a reminder tomorrow morning! Camp Horizon was recognized as a 2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit by the Great Nonprofits organization. Read our reviews here.

While summer camp was fun, and filled with memorable "firsts" for our campers, our intentional programs give them skills that last beyond their time with us. A child psychologist has stated that one week at Camp Horizon equates to a year’s worth of therapy for these children. We stay connected with our campers with year-round programs, providing stability and consistency. They will take what they have received from Camp Horizon and grow it into a powerful agent for social change, in breaking the cycle of abuse, bringing meaning to our motto: A New Day, a Better Day is on the Horizon!

If you missed seeing the daily camp updates with photos last week, visit our Facebook page here.

The Camp Horizon Team

Welcoming the Campers.
Welcoming the Campers.
One-to-One Camper to Counselor Ratio for mentoring
One-to-One Camper to Counselor Ratio for mentoring
Braid Ceremony. Growing confidence and friendships
Braid Ceremony. Growing confidence and friendships
Learning to swim, a very important life skill
Learning to swim, a very important life skill
Self esteem activities - Learning about resilience
Self esteem activities - Learning about resilience

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Jun 25, 2015

Summer Camp 2015 is almost here!

Summer Camp -- Camper Welcome
Summer Camp -- Camper Welcome

Summer Camp 2015 is just around the corner (July 4-10), so we’re finalizing all of our beach themed details and packing our moving truck full of camp supplies. This will be our 33rd summer serving Atlanta’s youth in foster care, and we couldn’t have made it this far without friends and supporters like YOU.  

In April, we spent a weekend at Rock Eagle 4-H Center with our teen Leadership Development Program. The weekend focused on RESILIENCE, one of our Three R’s (Respect, Responsibility and Resilience). We facilitated lessons on this core value with goal setting, guest speakers, group discussions, and stress relief activities. It was a rainy weekend, but during a break in the clouds, were were able to take a group hike to see the amazing Native American Rock Eagle stone effigy.

Our May wine and beer tasting fundraiser, Sips for Summer Camp, raised more than $8,000! It was a beautiful night with delicious food, craft beer and premium wine. Thank you for supporting our campers!

When Camp Horizon began, providing support for Atlanta’s foster youth was our major goal, but the description of “family” came directly from our campers. Each spring, we honor our campers, our loyal volunteers, and their tight knit bonds with our Family Reunion. This year’s reunion was held at Stone Mountain Park! We enjoyed lunch, the sky hike, train rides, and other adventurous activities. We also honored our graduating seniors and presented scholarship awards to applicants headed to college or other post-secondary institutions.

Mark your calendars for our next Global Giving donation match day, Wednesday, July 15th, shortly after we return home from camp. Please consider supporting our work by making a donation that day, and Global Giving will provide a 40% matching gift for donations up to $1,000. Please support our campers AND make your donation stretch. We’ll send more information as the matching day gets closer! 

Thank YOU for your support and for making our mission possible!

Teen Retreat -- Hike
Teen Retreat -- Hike
Teen Retreat -- Rock Eagle
Teen Retreat -- Rock Eagle
Fundraiser -- Sips for Summer Camp
Fundraiser -- Sips for Summer Camp
Family Reunion -- Sky Hike at Stone Mountain
Family Reunion -- Sky Hike at Stone Mountain
Family Reunion -- Scholarships
Family Reunion -- Scholarships

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