For the over 20 years, United Way’s Summer Fund Program has provided local children who face financial obstacles or physical disabilities with the opportunity to attend summer camps and enrichment programs through “camperships.”

In response to local needs, Summer Fund was expanded in 2008 to include employment opportunities for older youth ages 16-21 (including a pre-employment job training course) and cultural enrichment components for youth and the community of all ages.

This past year, United Way’s Summer Fund program provided over $100,000 in funding to local non-profits with the goal of increasing employment, summer camp and cultural enrichment opportunities for local young people.

Summer Fund is made possible through generous support from the Island Foundation, Bilezikian Family Foundation, Carney Family Charitable Foundation,  Upstream Foundation and the Acushnet Foundation Fund, the and Rainy Day Funds at the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts, as well as United Way campaign contributions and individual donations.

Please contact Victoria Grasela for more information about Summer Fund at 508-994-9625 x 210 or

Summer Fund is now accepting applications for the Summer 2017. 501(c)3 organizations are able to request up to $5,000 for youth employment, camperships or cultural enrichment opportunites in Greater New Bedford. To read the guidelines and to apply, click here.


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Tract 1 – Youth Employment
Dennison Memorial $4,772
Dream Out Loud Center $2,500
Immigrants’ Assistance Center $3,000
NBHS Summer Program $4,800
New Bedford Whaling Museum $4,608
NorthStar Learning Centers $5,000
South Coast Youth Corps (Trustees) $5,000
Tract 1 – Youth Employment Total: $29,680
Tract 2 – Camperships
Artworks $5,000
Boys & Girls Club of Greater New Bedford $6,340
Building Healthy Lifestyles $2,500
Buttonwood Park Zoo $3,000
Camp Spark/ Junior Achievement $4,450
Community Boating Center $4,875
Girl Scouts $5,000
Lloyd Center $5,000
Summer Eco Explorers- Mass Audobon $3,500
Youth Opportunities Unlimited $5,000
YMCA SouthCoast $9,160
YWCA Girls Giving & Growing $3,500
Tract 2 – Camperships – Subtotal: $57,325
Tract 3 – Cultural Enrichment
AHA! New Bedford/ City Celebrates! $2,000
ARC $3,500
Buzzards Bay Coalition $3,000
New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks! $3,000
New Bedford Festival Theatre $3,500
Reel Serious $2,500
Something Fishy Camp $3,500
Tract 3 – Cultural Enrichment – Subtotal: $21,000
Total $108,005