Jewish Family Service of the Desert (JFS) is excited to announce they will make attending camp a reality for local children who may otherwise not be able to attend this summer through its Campership Program. The application period is Now Open!
“Summer camp programs may be out of reach for some families in the Coachella Valley, whose child would benefit from such an opportunity because of limited financial resources,” says JFS Desert’s Director of Community Outreach Julie Hirsh. “Our Campership Program provides needs-based scholarships up to $1,000 to local youth who desire to attend either a day or overnight camp.”
Camps, including, but not limited to leadership, academic, cultural and sports, provide youngsters with growth and development opportunities.
The JFS Campership Program is available to residents of the Coachella Valley, and scholarships are awarded on needs-based criteria. Day camp scholarships are available for kids from 5-17. Camps involving overnight stays away from home are eligible for scholarships for ages 8-17.
A complete application must be submitted and received at least 60 days prior to the start of the camp and applicants must request financial assistance from the camp itself as well as additional potential sources of support.
The requests for other financial assistance must be documented and submitted along with the Campership Program applications.
Hirsh encourages families interested in the program to reach out to her at (760) 325-4088, ext. 103, with any questions or to discuss if a specific camp they are considering, would be a good fit.
“First-time applicants will be given priority,” Hirsh says, “and we hope to help as many families as possible.”
To support, donate or volunteer for JFS, visit www.JFSDesert.org or call us at 760-325-4088.
Celebrating its 41st Anniversary, JFS is a non-sectarian agency founded on the Jewish principle of “Healing the World” (Tikkun Olam), serving and embracing the entire community. JFS currently offers support through mental health counseling, augmented case management that includes emergency financial assistance for necessities such as overdue rent and utilities, well-check phone calls and socialization programming for isolated seniors, and special programming for cherished, local Holocaust survivors.
In 2022, JFS offered nearly 13,000 services to nearly 2,300 Valley residents. If it touches the heart of the Valley, it touches the heart of JFS! Become part of the JFS family by volunteering or donating.