Family Matters to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Camp Moss Hollow in 2016

Launches 2016 “Send A Kid To Camp” Campaign with a Call for Stories from Past Camp Moss Hollow Campers and Counselors

2016_Gala_Camp_50th_Anniversary_LogoWashington, DCFamily Matters of Greater Washington, one of the nation’s oldest, nationally-accredited social services organizations, announced the 50th Anniversary of its iconic Camp Moss Hollow and the launch of its 2016 Send a Kid to Camp campaign.  Camp Moss Hollow is a year-round camp that gives at-risk youth the opportunity to get in touch with nature and take part in a positive youth development experience that includes a curriculum involving education, arts, sports, and outdoor activities.

In celebration of our commemorative year, Family Matters plans to host a Camp Moss Hollow: Then and Now Reunion later this year and is now inviting current and past campers and counselors to send in personal stories of empowerment, enrichment and remembrance from Camp Moss Hollow.  The two individuals with the top two stories will receive a special guest invitation to attend the Family Matter’s 2016 Annual Awards Gala on May 26th at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel with a chance to share their story at the event.

“We are thrilled to celebrate fifty years of Camp Moss Hollow,” noted Tonya Jackson Smallwood, president and CEO of Family Matters. “Camp Moss Hollow is more than just a winter and summer camp.  It has impacted the lives of over 30,000 local kids through its focus on youth development designed to enhance educational achievement, expand horizons and increase self-worth and self-esteem for at-risk youth.”

The annual “Send a Kid to Camp” campaign relies on support from individual and corporate donors, with an annual goal of raising $500,000 to provide for troubled youth who can benefit from the unique and innovative Camp Moss Hollow summer program.  To reach this goal, Family Matters needs corporate and media sponsorships and ongoing financial support from individuals throughout our greater Washington area.  Family Matters invites businesses, schools, civic groups, churches, and other philanthropic groups to get involved by making a donation or helping to raise a minimum of $1 per week from supporters through the Send a Kid to Camp $1 per week giving campaign.  Collection canisters are provided to those organizations wishing to participate.  Monthly online giving is also available as a convenient and efficient way to help Send a Kid to Camp.  Major donors will be recognized on the website, in campaign materials and via social media.

These donors will also be invited to take part in 50th Anniversary events, which will include the Annual Awards Gala in May, a Camp Moss Hollow reunion event in June/July and a 5K charitable Walk/Run in September.

For more information on participating in the campaign, call the Development office at 202.289.1510 or visit www.familymattersdc.org.

Camp Moss Hollow is located in Markham, Virginia, 70 miles west of Washington, D.C. on more than 400 acres of beautiful woods, nestled in the foothills of the Shenandoah Valley. Affectionately called “The Hollow,” the program provides year-round educational, recreational, and socialization services for low-income, inner-city children and youth, aged 7 to 14. This serene environment features miles of hiking and nature trails, rustic cabins, an academic pavilion, a large swimming pool, tent camping and a two-acre lake for fishing, canoeing and water activities.

Family Matters has offered youth and teens from diverse backgrounds and economic situations fun-filled, structured camping experiences at multiple locations since 1904. Many of the campers come from broken homes and lead troubled lives. Many live below the poverty line. Most have never had the opportunity to attend summer camp or even visit a bucolic setting like Camp Moss Hollow.

The need for this summer camping program for children in the Washington, D.C. area is clear. In the District, an estimated 20 percent of families live in poverty. That’s one out of 5 D.C. residents, the third highest of any jurisdiction in the U.S. Often, these children are growing up in low-income neighborhoods that are plagued by crime and tension, a situation that is exacerbated by Washington, D.C.’s sweltering, hot summer months.

“I have been a part of Camp Moss Hollow since I was about 8 years old,” commented Donte, a former Camp Moss Hollow camper. “They stayed in contact with me and although I was a ‘problem child’, instead of pushing me away they pulled me into the program. I feel today’s youth deserve a chance to experience the great things Camp Moss Hollow gave me and I want to be a part of that.  Camp Moss Hollow has made me into the man that I am today.”

About Family Matters of Greater Washington (www.familymattersdc.org)

Family Matters of Greater Washington is a non-government, nonprofit organization accredited by the Council on Accreditation Services for Families and Children, Inc. and the American Camping Association.  Formerly known as Family and Child Services of Washington, D.C., Inc., Family Matters was founded in 1882 and has been an integral part of the Washington, D.C. community for more than 132 years. One of the oldest, nationally accredited social services organizations in the nation, Family Matters provides comprehensive, accessible, low-fee services to thousands of residents of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. Family Matters of Greater Washington is a member of the Child Welfare League of America and the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities.

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