posted on 3:07 PM, April 7, 2016
The rapid rate of registration for our programs is testament to the broad community need and appreciation for Sasamat Outdoor Centre's high-quality, outdoor-based programs, but many parents signing children up for camp programs may not be aware that Sasamat Outdoor Centre is a non-profit, charitable organization, supported by funders and donors who share our belief in the positive outcomes of outdoor-based learning experiences.
One such funder is the United Way of the Lower Mainland (UWLM). With a key focus area of "helping kids be all that they can be", the UWLM is a significant contributor to Sasamat's programs for children. Funding plays a major role in directly reducing our costs so that our programs remain affordable for families, and providing support for research initiatives, enabling us to ensure that our programs are relevant and have strong community impact.
While many children attending Sasamat's programs come from financially stable families, 30% of children in the Tri-Cities have been designated as economically vulnerable, with one sector as high as 43%. By supporting community programs such as Sasamat's, and through initiatives like Avenues of Change, the UWLM is helping to build stronger kids and stronger communities, and reduce the cycle of poverty.
To find out more about the impact of UWLM'S community work, go to www.uwlm.ca.