Biondo Foundation seeks support for special needs campers
MILFORD — Following the long snowy winter, the joys of summer camp will be especially satisfying this year. Even more so for the special needs children who will enjoy the life-altering experience of attending summer camp, thanks to the ongoing efforts of the Ingeborg A. Biondo Memorial Foundation and those who support this initiative through its Summer Triumphs campaign.
Launched in 2002 with five special needs children, the Biondo Foundation’s Summer Camp Program has grown annually, along with the need for increased funding. But while applications to the popular program have now increased, funding has fallen short in recent years.
“We’re continually grateful for the community participation that helps to support our programs,” says Ronnie Biondo, wife of founder, Joseph R. Biondo, Principal of Biondo Investment Advisors of Milford, Pa. “And once again we are asking for support.”
In all its efforts, the Foundation strives to enhance the lives of the children and their families served by its programs. Parents, especially, appreciate the Foundation’s role in their children’s lives.
“My son loves Country Ark Farm,” wrote one mother. “Importantly, it has helped him gain new skills in playing with others and has increased his independence and confidence. He’s discovered how to fit in as part of a team rather than feel an outsider.”
The program, providing for these life-changing experiences for over a decade, partners with nine camps in the Tri-state region of PA, NY and NJ.
“For the second year, the Foundation is facing the need to limit the number of camperships awarded,” says Program Coordinator, Maria Crawford. “As applicants are vying for a limited amount of funding, we’re reaching out to the community once again through our Summer Triumphs campaign in hopes that increased support will enable more of these special kids to have the experience of a lifetime at camp.”
Individuals and organizations can give the gift of summer camp to kids with developmental, physical and neurological challenges who reside in Sussex County, N.J., Pike County, Pa. and Western Orange County, N.Y.
For more information or to make a donation online to support the Summer Triumphs campaign visit www.biondofoundation.org or contact Maria at 570-686-2402. Checks can be mailed to “Summer Triumphs,” PO Box 231, Milford, PA 18337.
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