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News Release: The Susan L. Curtis Foundation Receives United Way of York County 2020 Community Investment

March 31, 2020 Portland, Maine. The Susan L. Curtis Foundation today announced that it has been awarded a two-year grant from United Way of York County totaling $5,000. This investment will support Camp Susan Curtis’s Health and Service Learning Programming for 2020 for York County children served by Camp Susan Curtis every summer.

At Camp Susan Curtis, we help mitigate the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and effects of toxic stress through the powerful forces of place, people, and possibility: • CSC offers a safe, serene outdoor environment for campers. Research proves that time spent in ‘green-space’ and ‘blue-space’ enhances mental, emotional, and social health (MESH) and provides documented physical health benefits. In addition, the residential camp environment facilitates development of relationship building skills that help children and youth create and maintain positive connections with peers, with adults, and within their communities; when combined with CSC’s character development for all participants and ‘Service Learning in the Camp Environment’ program for older campers, children and teens learn that they ‘have a place in this world’, in the words of one CSC camper, and understand how to use what they’ve learned at CSC to give back in positive ways.

Through the mobilization of people, resources and expertise, United Way of York County works to improve lives across York County. Thanks to the continued support of dedicated individuals, businesses, and organizations across the region, this year the United Way is investing in 63 community programs that serve children, youth, adults, and families.

“Each year we are very proud to invest financial and in-kind resources into high quality direct services that support York County residents and that align with our strategic priority areas,” noted United Way of York County President & CEO Barb Wentworth. “Those areas include providing the best start for our youngest children, increasing access to healthy foods for children and seniors, engaging youth in meaningful service, and meeting basic needs – all critical components of our collective efforts to build an even stronger York County.”

About The Susan L. Curtis Foundation: The Susan L. Curtis Foundation operates Camp Susan Curtis. The founding vision of Camp Susan Curtis is that every Maine child knows and realizes their potential. With support from individuals, businesses, non-profit and community partners, the Foundation fully sponsors as many as 500 economically disadvantaged Maine children every summer to attend Camp Susan Curtis. Camp Susan Curtis works with more than 200 school partners in every part of the state to identify children who will benefit from a two-week outdoor, immersive camp experience in a safe, supportive environment. All campers demonstrate financial need through qualifying for free or reduced school lunch and many campers have experienced adversity in their home life and most have experienced a significant life events that have affected their mental, emotional, and social health; 20 percent are in foster or kinship care. Embraced into a culture of acceptance, and surrounded with positive role models, campers develop confidence and learn greater acceptance of themselves and others. These essential skills are reinforced, with 73 percent of campers returning year after year, and many moving to apprentice or camp staff roles that prepare them for life after Camp Susan Curtis and pursuit of their personal, educational, and career aspirations. For more information, visit www.susancurtis.org

About United Way of York County
United Way of York County improve lives by mobilizing people and resources. Founded in 1986, United Way of York County turns every dollar contributed back out into the community at a value of $4.94. To learn more about United Way of York County, visit www.buildcommunity.org or call 207-985-3359.

For Immediate Release

Contact:      Lori Southworth, Director of Grants and Special Events,                      The Susan L. Curtis Foundation and Camp Susan Curtis                      207-774-1552 / lsouthworth@susancurtis.org

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