SPENCER – After scrambling to function amid new COVID-19 necessities, added bills and a lowered variety of campers, Camp Marshall was bolstered not too long ago with a $35,000 donation from Webster First Federal Credit score Union.
Sometimes an in a single day camp, the workers at Camp Marshall needed to pivot and alter its programming this yr to accommodate day applications solely after in a single day camps had been unexpectedly moved to Section four of Gov. Charlie Baker’s reopening plans through the pandemic. The change compelled many camps to shut for the summer time, however Camp Marshall stretched its already skinny funds and labored out a plan for reopening, mentioned Sheryl Moore, govt director of Camp Marshall.
Following new pointers meant the camp was unable to host the everyday variety of summer time campers, and it incurred increased bills for added well being protocols and provides.
“Not with the ability to host in a single day campers this summer time was a devastating blow. We already should stretch our funds as skinny as potential, however having to cut back our camper capability mixed with the lack of in a single day camp equated to nearly 75% much less campers than final yr, which is an nearly unattainable monetary hurdle to beat,” Moore mentioned.
In response, Ms. Moore reached out to native media to lift consciousness in hopes that one thing could possibly be accomplished to assist. A camper father or mother began a GoFundMe fund drive. Camp workers took pay cuts.
When Webster First President/CEO Michael Lussier heard in regards to the camp’s battle to remain afloat, he knew the credit score union might make a distinction.
“The camp matches in with our values as a credit score union: group, household, studying, and management,” Lussier mentioned.
The donation will assist the camp climate the low season and assist because it plans for summer time applications in 2021.
“We’re dedicated to getting inventive within the low season to supply wanted applications for the group, as faculty and daycare wants look very completely different this fall,” Moore mentioned.