(Editors Note: The wrong article was published in the June 21 edition from 2016. This is the one from 2018.)
Mt. Morris – The non-profit organization, Livingston County Children’s Protective Association (LCCPA), presented a $2,000 check to Leigh Mankoff, Summer Camp Intern for the Livingston County Department of Social Service at LLCPA’s recent monthly meeting.
The check is a donation to the DSS Summer Camp Fund which assists children who would benefit from a summer camp experience but who are not in foster care or receiving temporary assistance benefits from DSS.
The Children’s Protective Association has donated to the Summer Camp Fund for over a decade. LCCPA is funded strictly by private donations to help families who do not qualify for assistance from county or state agencies.
According to Steve Rapp, Senior Caseworker for Livingston County DSS, the overall benefit of the Summer Camp Program is to ensure that underprivileged or economically disadvantaged children receive the same opportunity to attend summer camp as other children.
"The DSS Summer Camp Program coordinates with area camps to give children their choice of camps," Mankoff added. The list of available camps have been expanded; some specialized camps provide opportunities to children with specific needs such as diabetes.
“Last year, we were able to fill all requests with the help of donated funds. Forty-seven children attended camps and 19 of these were children not in foster care or receiving DSS assistance. The Camp Fund counts on private contributions such as those from the Children’s Protective Association.”
The Livingston County Children’s Protective Association was established in 1918 as a private group and predates the county Social Services agency. Later chartering itself as a non-profit organization, LCCPA is now celebrating its 100th year of assisting families and their children. LCCPA meets monthly during the year. For more information or a brochure showing meeting times and speakers, contact Sue Rauber at 607-545-8632.