The Meriden-Wallingford Summer Campership Fund will begin its annual fundraising drive Sunday, April 6. The Campership Fund is in its 39th year of offering campership awards to boys and girls in Meriden and Wallingford. This year’s goal is $60,000 and awards will be $130 per child.
Last year, $55,000 was raised. This made it possible to award 405 camperships to youngsters to attend two weeks at a local, nonprofit camp. All money raised goes directly to fund camperships. Applications for campership awards have been distributed in Meriden and Wallingford schools. The completed application should not be returned to the Meriden Youth Services office. Applications and proof of family income must be brought to the camp office of choice. Families applying must submit a DSS budget sheet or completed 2013 income tax form. The number of awards will be determined by the amount raised during the campaign. Call the camp phone number on the list of camps on the second sheet of the application to check on office hours. For more information contact Youth Services at www.meridenhealth.com and click on Youth Services. Camperships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
The campership committee members are President Eliot White, Record-Journal; James Ieronimo, Meriden/Wallingford United Way, secretary; Lawrence McGoldrick, and treasurer; Denise Keating, Meriden Youth Services.
The Meriden-Wallingford Campership Fund is sponsored by the Record-Journal, the United Way and Ion Bank Foundation and administered by Meriden Youth Services. The Record-Journal publishes all contributions. Tax deductible contributions should be sent to: Summer Campership Fund, c/o Doreen Marinaro, Ion Bank, 500 West Main St., Meriden, CT 06451.