Homeless Shelters

The Summer Fund partners with 20-25 Boston-area homeless shelters and transitional agencies to identify at-risk children and youth who would benefit from participation in safe, structured summer programming. If your shelter or agency serves homeless families in Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, or Somerville and is interested in partnering with us, we encourage you to contact us.

Shelters and agencies that partner with the Summer Fund receive the following benefits:

  • Access to the Homeless Campership Fund, a vital resource providing 400-600 weeks of free camperships each summer to homeless campers and their families
  • Access to high-quality camps providing safe, supervised, enriching  summer activities for children who are especially vulnerable due to homelessness
  • Relief for homeless parents and families who need childcare during summer months to address financial and personal issues
  • Access to the unsurpassed expertise of the Summer Fund camp network serving underserved and at-risk children and youth in Greater Boston

Our Impact

The Summer Fund provides 60% of the total number of groups we serve for our summer programs, which yields 35% of our total participants and 40% of our participant fees. The impact of the Summer Fund on YES’s Outdoor Adventure Program is substantial. It provides the opportunity for more than 250 participants to receive introductory, one-day outdoor experiential education excursions, which we hope will leave them yearning to come back for more.

— Youth Enrichment Services (YES)

Random Quote

Cultural Day has had a significant impact on MetroLacrosse’s ability to implement quality summer programming. This summer, our Coaches-In-Training program implemented lacrosse clinics for 32 community organizations, 23 of which were secured through the Summer Fund. Cultural Day gives us the opportunity to efficiently and cost-effectively secure partnerships with past partners as well as new organizations we haven’t worked with before.

— MetroLacrosse