November 29, 2022
Camelot for Childline Receives Neighborhood Grant from Rite Aid Healthy Futures
More than 400 nonprofits receive $10,000 general operations grant
November 29, 2022– Camelot for Children has received a $10,000 neighborhood grant from Rite Aid Healthy Futures to continue advancing its important mission focused on recreation, connection, and enrichment for children with medical and developmental challenges.
Part of its overall Empowering Children signature initiative for Rite Aid Healthy Futures, the neighborhood grants help nonprofits address the toughest health and wellness challenges facing kids today. Camelot for Children joins more than 400 other nonprofits serving communities throughout the country in receiving support for work that creates healthier, more equitable neighborhoods.
Camelot for Children will use the neighborhood grant to help kids BUILD FRIENDSHIPS & BE HEALTHY!
Thanks to many generous donors, especially Rite Aid Healthy Futures, all programming is FREE to our families! Each event includes a meal for all attendees. Our entire community gathers one Sunday a month and our teens come one Friday night each month to Camelot to enjoy fun activities with other Camelot kids and teen volunteers as their buddies. Summer camp is also FREE to our families, children with medical challenges and special needs, ages 6-19 enjoy a summer day camp (Monday to Friday 8am-3pm) from mid-June until the end of July. Siblings of these children are also invited to join them to experience some MAGICAL FUN including our splashpad, basketball and other sports, crafts, plus our accessible playground. Campers will go on field trips and experience lots of interesting talented guests!
“Camelot is so fortunate to receive the support of Rite Aid Healthy Futures. Camelot and Rite Aid care about the health and happiness of the whole child and their community. We are so grateful for this generous support of our programs and outreach. Honored to improve the lives our children while aligning with Rite Aid Health Futures” Emily Werner, Executive Director responded.
A total of 415 nonprofit organizations each will receive a $10,000 general operations neighborhood grant from Healthy Futures. Located throughout Rite Aid’s 17-state footprint, supported nonprofits address critical health needs for children, including education; mental and emotional wellness; crisis prevention and awareness; disease and disability management.
The grants are funded through the KidCents customer fundraising program, which allows Rite Aid customers to round up their purchases in-store and online to support children’s health and wellness.
“During these extraordinary times, we continue to see the harsh realities of inequities and health disparities affecting children through hunger, homelessness, poverty and a growing mental health crisis,” said Matt DeCamara, executive director of Rite Aid Healthy Futures. “We offer our deepest gratitude to those dedicated organizations, staff and volunteers that wake up each day to make their neighborhoods even stronger, as well as those Rite Aid customers who support their incredible work.”
“Change can drive change,” DeCamara continued. “Thanks to generous Rite Aid customers, more than 400 grassroots nonprofits can continue their important work, all while restoring hope, resiliency and self-esteem in children. When kids are healthy, they can unlock their potential, dream big and create their own bright future.”
Rite Aid Healthy Futures, formerly known as The Rite Aid Foundation, is a public charity dedicated to driving change in communities, with an emphasis on underserved neighborhoods, focusing on the areas of health, wellness, race and equity. Visit www.RiteAidHealthyFutures.org to learn more.