COVID-19 UPDATE: During this time of uncertainty, we are still committed to offering our 2020 summer food service & camp services to area youth. We will continue to accept applications for open positions, internships, and prospective campers for summer 2020. We will monitor the recommendations from Governor Scott and the Vermont Department of Health and will let you know if anything changes. In the meantime, please know that the MMUUSD school district is providing breakfast and lunch for any children in our area who need it. Go to mmuusd.org and click on COVID-19 Info for food service information. We hope to see you all in July!
Welcome to Our Community Cares Camp in Richmond, Vermont!
Creating a caring community where every child can find success.
We offer children (ages 5 – 14) from Eastern Chittenden County (Richmond, Huntington, Bolton, Jericho and Underhill) Vermont the opportunity to enjoy healthy summer food and to participate in a free, fun and engaging summer day camp program on the grounds of the Camels Hump Middle School. Our camp provides the kids in our community with the chance to explore and be creative. We nourish the whole child in a caring environment. OCCC provides an opportunity for summer camp that would normally not be available to these local children. OCCC also offers internships to local teens to gain work experience as junior counselors or culinary interns.
About Our Mission
Food insecurity is defined as the lack of access to enough food to fully meet basic needs at all times due to lack of financial resources. Rarely do people associate food insecurity with America, but about 15% of Americans struggle with food insecurity. Our Community Cares Camp and many of our partner organizations are committed to help end food insecurity in Vermont. Our Community Cares Camp also addresses the opportunity gap that arises when children from economically stressed families cannot afford the extra-curricula enrichment activities like music, art and sports that create a full and meaningful life. Children without summer enrichment activities may also experience an achievement gap, where they fall behind their peers in the summer and have a harder time catching up when school resumes. Our Community Cares Camp is determined to not only help children in Eastern Chittenden County get the nutrition they need each summer, but also to create a warm, welcoming and enriching community where every child can find success and to give teens a chance to develop their leadership skills and acquire work experience.
OCCC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation EIN 26-4398448
What Stressors do Families Face?
It is a challenge to raise children in our rapidly changing world. When you face multiple stressors, like sickness, low income, family transitions or more,it gets harder. Check out this list to see what some CESU families are dealing with in their lives. OCCC can help by giving kids 4 weeks of food and fun in the summer in a caring and safe environment.
- Food Insecurity
- Transportation Barriers
- Housing Insecurity
- Financial Stress
- Mental Health Issues
- Childcare Hardships
- Financial Stress
- Child Protection Concerns
- Caregivers Not Biological Parents (e.g. grandparents)
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- Substance Abuse
- Family Violence
- Self Harm
- Suicide or Suicide Ideation
Interns & Volunteers
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Welcome to the Our Community Cares Camp family! Our core values include nutrition, community, opportunity, discovery, encouragement, and empowerment.