Oregon City children who come from families with limited income have a large need for reduced barriers to accessing summer camps, as shown by growing use of a new fund. Park-foundation leaders continue to add to the scholarship fund so that they'll be ready to help more kids as the program expands in future years.
Thanks to the Oregon City Parks Foundation's scholarship fund created in late 2020, the city was able to help 26 kids attend a week of camps this summer. Melissa Tierney, Oregon City Parks' recreation programmer, said when city officials first opened registration, they awarded $1,506.80 in scholarships and since then they've awarded an additional $385.89.
"I can't wait to see what we can do next summer," Tierney said.
OCPF received $2,000 in March through a successful grant application to OnPoint Community Credit Union. Oregon City Garbage Co., aka B&B Leasing, donated another $1,000 to the foundation's Elyejah Dean Hauff Camp Fund, which works with the city's Parks & Recreation Department to facilitate getting funds out to help pay the summer camp fees. BottleDrop's parent organization, the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative, provided a $2,500 donation.
Families who may not be able to afford their child's camp fees now have access to the Elyejah Dean Hauff fund by filling out a confidential online application detailing their income qualifications. Elyejah Dean Hauff, who died in 2019 at the age of 9, lived in low-income housing in northern Oregon City and loved spending his summers outdoors and in parks.
For more information, interested families can contact the Oregon City Parks & Recreation Department at 503-657-8273, or go to the scholarship page that explains how eligibility is determined at orcity.org/swimmingpool/scholarship-information.
Those wishing to make donations toward the Elyejah Dean Hauff Camp Fund, should visit oregoncityparksfoundation.org/giving or mail your donation to Oregon City Parks Foundation, P.O. Box 963, Oregon City, OR 97045.
Editor, Clackamas Review/Oregon City News
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