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 35 hospitals and clinics, directly in camper homes and communities, and through outreach activities across the Northeast. More than half of client families are from low-income households in urban areas. All services are provided free of charge to children, families, and hospitals.
For more than 25 years, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp has pioneered fully adaptive and recreational-based programming for seriously ill children and their families. Over the years, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp has evolved from a summers-only camp to a year-round center. We offer twenty weekend sessions in the “off-season,” including Camper Reunions, Parent Weekends, Caregiver Retreats, Family Sessions and Community Programs. Through these sessions, we seek to reinforce the lessons of Camp, helping families develop and enhance systems of support; restore, renew and increase the experience of hope; and educate medical professionals and the community at large so they can better understand and support a child and their family dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of serious illness. The Hospital Outreach Program was created in 2002 to extend our reach beyond Camp’s physical plant to further empower children, families, and medical caretakers. In 2014 the addition of four Hospital Outreach Specialists and the launch of programs in the New Jersey region enabled our HOP Specialists to conduct more than 29,000 empowering hospital visits. At present, 29 Hospital Outreach Specialists are working in more than 35 partnering sites throughout the northeast
The programs of The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp are comprehensive and progressive, thereby providing integrated outreach and support to children and family members throughout the healing process Camp’s signature summer program consists of seven, weeklong sessions for seriously ill children aged 7-15 and one session for the siblings of children with serious illnesses. All camp activities are fully adaptive and universally accessible, thereby allowing children to challenge their perceived limitations in a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment.
Over the past decade, Camp has experienced a sharp increase in the medical acuity of the children in our care. True to its mission, Camp continues to serve children with primary diagnoses and secondary complications that preclude their participation in other, normative recreational-based programs. In response to this trend, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp hosted two, four-day Family Camp sessions during the summer of 2015.
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.