One hundred and fifty additional inner-city youth will now be able to beat the heat and enjoy an enriching summer camp experience thanks to a recent grant of $100,000 over the next two years from The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania (UNC), despite recent funding cuts, will now be able to maintain and operate its 42nd annual Project Hope Summer Camp as it has in the past.
Within one week, all 350 registration slots previously available were filled. With the additional funding from the Weinberg Foundation, UNC will now ensure the 54 children currently on the waiting list will be registered for this summer and will continue to accept children on a first-come, first-served basis until a limit of 500 is reached. Registration can be completed at UNC’s Community Services Building, 410 Olive Street in Scranton, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Additional registrations will be held at the Carbondale Senior Center, 66 N. Church St., during the following times: Thursday, June 7 and June 14 from 3 p.m.- 6 p.m. and Tuesday, June 12 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Families with children ages 5 through 12 can enroll and must provide proof of income, number of children in household, children’s ages and date of birth.
Not only will there be additional enrollment, but the grant from the Weinberg Foundation will also allow the camp sessions to return to its traditional five-week schedule. Project Hope Summer Camp will now be held from July 2nd-August 3rd, Monday-Friday, at Camp St. Andrew in the endless mountains of Tunkhannock. As in the past, bus pick up points for the 2012 camp season will include locations throughout Lackawanna County.
“After 42 years, Project Hope came very close to leaving children behind for the first time. UNC is grateful to the Weinberg Foundation in assisting us to continue this valuable program for inner-city youth to experience the outdoors,” said Michael Hanley, Executive Director of UNC.