In addition to awarding numerous Scholarships and Camperships, Rolling River Day Camp is an active member of the local community. We partner with non-profits and charities as well as conduct a variety of unique fundraisers throughout the year with a focus on children, health, and wellness. Rolling River is also an active member of several local chambers of commerce including East Rockaway, Lynbrook and Valley Stream.
During the summer and throughout the year, we provide many opportunities for our campers and CITs (counselors in training) to learn the importance of giving back to the community. We have instituted a CIT Community Crusaders program which includes charitable trips during the summer and the option to volunteer at various events during the school year.
Below are just some of the groups and non-profits we have worked with since our inception in 1993:
Peninsula Counseling Center, located in Southwest Nassau County, is at the forefront of mental health counseling on Long Island. An affiliate of North Shore-LIJ System, Peninsula Counseling Center is one of the largest, licensed mental health counseling facilities in Nassau County. Rolling River awards various camperships to the Peninsula Counseling Center through our Campmates business sponsor program.
“One is Greater than None” is a non-profit organization created by 8 local teen girls- one of them being a Rolling River alumni! Their goal is to inspire individuals to believe that any contribution, no matter how small, has value. Through various “fun-raisers” such as a coin-harvest, chuck-a-buck, and a 50/50 contest, the Rolling River community has raised enough money to save several African children who were sold into servitude by their families.
The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. Rolling River’s toy collection box is out every holiday season!
Rock Can Roll is a non-profit hunger relief organization and think tank. They collaborate with rock concerts, schools, corporations, and private individuals to collect healthy & nutritious non-perishable food for distribution to local agencies and into the hands of children, seniors and families who live with hunger and in poverty. Rolling River partners with Rock Can Roll during our end-of-summer music and dance party “Hip Hop Night” to encourage families to donate non-perishable items to local food banks.
Veteran counselor Rebecca Liebowitz has written a fantastic children’s book inspired by Rolling River titled “Maddy Goes to Camp” to help children overcome their fears and learn what its like to be a camper. All profits from the sale of this book are donated to Camp Simcha, a summer camp that supports kids who are facing cancer and other serious illnesses.
Jump Rope for Heart is an educational fundraising event sponsored by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). Jump Rope For Heart raises funds for medical research and for programs that help prevent heart disease and stroke. Many Rolling River campers have participated in Jump Rope for Heart competitions both in camp and in school!
When you walk in March for Babies, you give hope to the more than half a million babies born too soon each year. The money you raise supports programs in your community that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. And it funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten our babies.