For the over 20 years, United Way of Greater New Bedford’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 $77,000 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, Carney Family Charitable Foundation, CDM Smith, 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

2017 Summer Fund Recipients

Organization Name 2017 Funding
Buttonwood Park Zoo $2,500
Dennison Summer Youth Program $4,928
Dream Out Loud $4,800
NBHS Academy Interns $4,800
NorthStar Learning Centers, Inc. $5,000
South Coast Youth Conservation Corps $5,000
Whaling Museum $5,000
Youth Employment Total $32,028
Boys & Girls Club $2,400
Community Boating Center $11,086
Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts $5,000
Junior Achievement $3,500
People Inc $5,000
Youth Opportunities Unlimited $5,000
Campership Total $31,986
AHA! $2,000
New Bedford Festival Theatre’s 2017 Summer Academy $2,500
New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center $3,500
The ARC $5,000
Cultural Enrichment Total $13,000
Total Funding $77,014