Through Camp programs, year-round outreach to hospitals and ongoing services the Camp serves more than 25,000 children, families and caregivers each year.
The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp Fund
Founded in 1988 by Paul Newman, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp provides "a different kind of healing" to more than 25,000 seriously ill children and family members annually - all completely free of charge. For many of these children and families, Hole in the Wall provides multiple Camp experiences throughout the year at the facility in Ashford, Conn., in more than 40 hospitals and clinics, directly in camper homes and communities, and through other outreach activities across the Northeast.
Camp's programs are designed to restore normalcy, nurture powerful friendships and supportive social networks, and challenge perceived limitations associated with pediatric illnesses. This is accomplished through an integrated "Camp-Around Care" model to engage children and families throughout the year. Camp provides seamless year-round programming to support families through the illness process. Our programs have a unique healing impact on the seriously ill children and families we serve.
Camp’s signature summer program consists of 7 week long sessions for seriously ill children and one session for siblings of children with serious illnesses. Children aged 7 to 15; with a diagnosis of malignancy, genetic blood disorder, HIV or metabolic disorders, residing in New England, New York and New Jersey attend sessions 1-7 During the summer of 2016 Camp welcomed 1,087 children to our summer camping sessions.
In 2015 Camp hosted two Family Camps serving families coping with such substantial medical acuity that their children were unable to attend our traditional week-long sessions. In the spring of 2016 Camp welcomed 23 families for our first ever Rare Disease Family Camp, which was held with the support of Camp friends, the National Organization for Rare Diseases. In the fall of 2016 Camp will host families with Histiocytosis (a rare disease affecting about 1 in 200,000 children annually).
Since its founding in 1988 Camp has evolved from a summer program to a vibrant year-round community operating both onsite and regional programs throughout the Northeast. Our organizational growth has and continues to be inked to the diverse needs of the children and families in our care. Parent-specific programs were added in the early 1990s, followed shortly by family retreats during weekends throughout the spring and fall. In 2002, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp launched its Hospital Outreach Program, extending the hope and healing power of Camp to hospitalized children across the Northeast. Altogether, Camp’s year-round program offerings enable a continuity of care that seamlessly engages children, families, and healthcare professionals. The Hospital Outreach program remains our fastest growing and most scalable initiative. The addition of six Outreach Specialists and additional partnering sites enabled our Outreach Specialists to conduct more than 30,000 interactions in 2015 serving more than 20,000 child patients. Presently, 31 Specialists are providing services at more than 40 partnering sites across the Northeast.
The programs of The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp are designed to enhance peer support networks and strengthen the social and emotional capital of the children and families in our care. The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp maintains scalable and sustainable program growth designed to preserve our core values - safety, camaraderie, possibility, appreciation - while expanding services impacting the lives of more children, families, and healthcare professionals each year.
We accomplish our funding goals through specific action steps related to event fund raising, individual gifts, capital campaigns, a corporate sponsorship program, event auction income, foundation grants, external events sponsored by organizations, web site contributions, planned giving, stewardship and gift processing and reporting. Contrary to popular belief, more than 98% of our operating support is derived from sources other than Newman's Own.