Family Matters Kicks Off the Official Start of the 2016 Camp Moss Hollow Summer Session; Announces “Send a Kid to Camp” Fundraising Drive for 50th Anniversary

Washington, DC – Family Matters of Greater Washington, one of the nation’s oldest, nationally-accredited social services organizations, kicked off the 2016 summer season for Camp Moss Hollow with the announcement of a corporate challenge for the “Send a Kid to Camp” campaign. The goal is to raise $500,000 to help support at-risk youth in attending camp. The 2016 “Send a Kid to Camp” campaign was launched on May 26 at Family Matters’ Annual Awards Gala.

June 20th was the opening day for Camp Moss Hollow’s summer season. Camp Moss Hollow is a year-round camp located in Markham, Virginia that has positively impacted the lives of more than 30,000 local kids and given them the opportunity to get in touch with nature. It offers a positive youth development experience designed to enhance educational achievement, expand horizons and increase self-worth and self-esteem for at-risk youth. This year, Camp Moss Hollow celebrates 50 years of offering a summer camp experience and home away from home to vulnerable and at-risk D.C. children.

The annual “Send a Kid to Camp” campaign relies on support from individual and corporate donors. In honor of the 50th anniversary, Family Matters has a 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.

“While there are hundreds of deserving youth who would benefit from the learning experiences, leadership opportunities, academic enrichment and team-building activities that a week at the Hollow would afford them, many families can’t afford the cost of tuition,” noted Tonya Jackson Smallwood, President and CEO of Family Matters. “Camp Moss Hollow’s legacy has shown us that every child deserves and benefits from a respite from the stressors of life in the inner city. So we challenge our corporate partners and community business leaders to help Camp Moss Hollow build more future leaders in our community by donating $55,000 to sponsor a week of camp for 100 area youth.”

There are many ways to get involved with the campaign. An “angel” donor, a long time benefactor of Camp Moss Hollow, has pledged to match the first $50,000 raised from now until June 30 th for the 2016 Send a Kid to Camp program. If just one generous corporate donor agreed to sponsor a week of camp, we would meet the match gift challenge. 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 individuals or 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.

For more details, go to kid-to- camp/ or contact Cynthia A. Davis, Chief Development Officer, on 202-289- 1510 ext. 188 or email

About Family Matters of Greater Washington (
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 130 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.