In our continuing tradition of giving back to the community, NetEffects last quarter provided support for two worthwhile local charities: Sherwood Forest Camp, helping young people learn the ropes of solid citizenship and Rainbow Village, helping the disabled be all they can be.
Sherwood Forest Camp
Sherwood Forest Camp, located in Lesterville, Mo. (about 110 miles south of St. Louis in the Ozarks) on 400 plus acres, provides outdoor summer camp for a wide variety of children who otherwise would not have exposure to camp and its fun programs develop character and competence in young people. The camp leaders challenge the kids to build skills and relationships that are transferable to other aspects of their lives. Leadership campers work to achieve three critical milestones in order to achieve long-term success as adults: to be productive, to connect to others, and to navigate a safe course. Each summer up to 90 campers who have finished 7th, 8th 9th or 10th grade are selected to participate in this program.
To sponsor a child to this summer’s camp, NetEffects staff and consultants raised $1,200 via a raffle of two sets of tickets to The Sherwood Forest Blue Jean Ball; all contributors were automatically eligible. Going to the ball are lucky winners Santosh Das and Brenda Gardner.
At Sherwood Forest, programs are created to help the young campers learn that they can contribute to their community and appreciate the contributions of others. This year the camp celebrates is 70th anniversary of helping more than 30,000 St. Louis area children. Over 50% of the graduates of the Leadership Training Program voluntarily maintain their connections with Sherwood Forest. Of these, 90% have risen from poverty, and all are positive, productive, and engaged members of their communities.
For more information on this great community asset, go to http://www.sherwoodforestcamp.com.
Rainbow Village is a special place for special people. It provides a ‘home for life’ for individuals with developmental disabilities through their sponsorship of high quality homes and recreational facilities throughout the St. Louis Metropolitan Area. Their goal is simple: enable each resident to be the best that he or she can be.
In April the Village held its annual auction, raising more than $90,000. NetEffects was pleased to donate a beautifully framed reprint of the famous Renoir painting, “Girl with Flowers” which fetched a handsome sum at auction.“We sincerely appreciated NetEffects help for our auction,” said Janet Wright, Director of Development and Community Relations.
Rainbow Village owns and maintains 45 homes, housing 225 residents in St. Louis and St. Charles counties, Bridgeton, Ballwin, Chesterfield, Hazelwood, Florissant, Olivette, Maryland Heights, Mehlville, St. Peters, Crestwood, Ballwin and Overland. The homes’ residents need vital support services, funding for which comes from individual and corporate donations, their major auction we participated in, and many area agencies.
To volunteer help or funding, call Janet Wright at 314-567-1522 X 207 or go to their website, www.rainbowvillagestl.org.