COPE’s Camp Erin® NYC

July 2019
 
Happy Summer!
 
The word summer automatically puts a smile on my face. I love the sunshine and warm breeze, the sand underneath my feet, the refreshing taste of cold watermelon, the yumminess (is that a word?) of a smoothie, the silkiness of ice cream and the excitement of preparing for Camp Erin!
 
Lots to do before camp -we are busy interviewing families, ordering supplies, preparing staff so we can offer a wonderful, safe and nurturing environment for some very brave children. Some children meet us head on, others are more tentative. If I had a superpower, it would be to calm and ensure campers that this will be one of the best decisions they will ever make. How do I know? Not just after seven summers, but after a conversation I recently had interviewing a potential staff member and former Camp Erin LA camper. They lost their mom to cancer when they were 15 and their dad to suicide at 17. When I asked about their support system and what helped them cope,they said that their Camp Erin experience was priceless. It kept them afloat and steady. Being with other campers on the same journey and interacting with wonderful, kind staff, they said, was key. Five years has passed and the influence of camp remains.
 
Their feelings reaffirm that Camp Erin makes a difference. So we interview, purchase and train to help as many children as we can.
 
Back to work I go!
 
Enjoy the sun, warm breeze and everything else that makes you smile!
 
DO MORE OF WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY!
 
Warmest regards,
 
Ann
 
 

“Camp Erin® NYC helped me find the part of me that I was missing. It made me realize my dad is there and he will always be a part of me.”  –  Camp Erin ® NYC Camper

COPE partners with Eluna to offer Camp Erin® NYC, a FREE, weekend long grief support camp designed to help children and teenagers ages 6 – 17, who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or someone close to them.

This year, Camp Erin® NYC will be from August 23 through 25, 2019.

Camp Erin® NYC combines traditional fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support, facilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers. Through interactions with other children and with adults, campers learn that they are not alone in their grief. Camp Erin® NYC provides a relaxed, safe and supportive setting for children to express emotions, share their grief and learn positive coping skills. The COPE Foundation provides families with long term support. 

For more information about Camp Erin® NYC, please email Camp Director Ann Fuchs at afuchs@copefoundation.org.

COPE Foundation offers a concurrent parent camp for caretakers of the children who attend Camp Erin® NYC (nominal charge). For more information about the parent camp, please email Camp Director Ann Fuchs at afuchs@copefoundation.org.  To view a press release about this parent camp, please click here.


COPE Foundation was awarded the 2014 Roger E. Joseph Prize for recognition of Camp Erin® NYC’s extraordinary compassion in offering generous grief support to children and teenagers as they come to grips with the death of a loved one. Past recipients have included the family who sheltered Anne Frank; Rosa Parks; Daniel Pearl, posthumously; and others.

Your support helps grieving children build a support team, forge forever friendships and gather the tools to navigate their grief journey.  THEY need you and WE need your support.
 
For more information, please call Ann Fuchs at 914.552-6919 or email afuchs@copefoundation.org
 

To DONATE money needed for supplies and services, see link below, or make checks payable to COPE-Camp Erin and send to The COPE Foundation, P.O. Box 1251, Melville, NY 11747.

Eluna teams up with many corporate partners, individual and in-kind donors, professional teams, and community leaders to help raise awareness and generate support for Camp Erin® NYC. The generosity of local communities ensures that Camp Erin® NYC is FREE to all campers. This can only be possible with your help.

Some of the items you can donate include:

  • 70 mini led flashlights
  • 18 12-packs colored magic markers sharpies etc.
  • 5 packs of colored tissue paper

And from Michael’s art store:

  • 3 packs of 60 count foam paint brushes
  • Foam Brush Value Set By Craft Smart 60 pack   
  • 8 bottles Liquitex® Gloss Medium & Varnish, 32 ounces

To donate and for more information please contact: Ann Fuchs, Camp Director at afuchs@copefoundation.org


Camp Erin® NYC Bowl-a-Thons 

Check out photos from our past Bowl-a-Thon Here.

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Get Involved

Camp Erin® NYC is made possible through the support of many dedicated volunteers. There are several ways to get involved. Please consider volunteering and/or donating:

To VOLUNTEER and be a part of an incredible weekend as a Big Buddy for a camper or serve as support staff for activities, please call Ann at 914.552-6919 or email afuchs@copefoundation.org

To make a donation to COPE Camp Erin NYC, please click here.

To download our new brochure, please click here.

To download our camper application, please click here.

To download our volunteer application, please click here.

For more information, please contact: Ann Fuchs, Camp Director at afuchs@copefoundation.org

 
Eluna is a public, 501(c)(3) non-profit with a mission to support children and families impacted by grief or addiction. Founded in 2000 in Seattle by former MLB pitcher Jamie Moyer and child advocate Karen Phelps Moyer, Eluna was originally called The Moyer Foundation and launched a series of programs supporting thousands of children and families annually at no cost to them. Camp Erin® is the largest national network of grief programs for bereaved children and teens, Camp Mariposa® is a national addiction prevention and mentoring program for youth impacted by a family member’s substance use disorder, and The Eluna Network Resource Center offers online tools, local referrals and personalized phone and email support for families experiencing grief, addiction and other related issues. For more information, please visit elunanetwork.org.