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Campland on the Bay adopts Campland Cares, a camper-participation fundraising program through Hotels that Help, becoming the only campground and the first property in San Diego to participate
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San Diego, Calif. – Campland on the Bay is the first tourism property in San Diego to launch a guest-contributions program through Hotels that Help, a program designed to benefit local charities. Dubbed “Campland Cares,” the program will benefit Homeless Youth Outreach Project (HYOP) of the Children’s Advocacy Institute. Campland seeks to raise thousands of dollars for HYOP by inviting its campers to add a $1 per night donation to their bill. One-hundred percent of donations directly benefit the nonprofit, which provides advocacy and legal services to young people aged 15 to 21 who are without a home. The program is explained to guests when they make their camping reservations and campers may opt out at any time.
“The staff at Campland researched and interviewed several local nonprofit organizations and selected Homeless Youth Outreach Profit because of their intense mission, its effectiveness and the ability for Campland Cares to make a dramatic impact on their work,” according to Michael Gelfand, president of the 40-acre park on Mission Bay with nearly 600 tent and RV campsites.
A project of the Children’s Advocacy Council, HYOP advocates reach into the community, primarily through welfare offices, courthouses, colleges, shelters and outreach centers in order to connect homeless youth with available resources they need. They also provide legal assistance and other services to enable clients to transition off the streets and into healthy settings. “The outpouring of support from Campland has been amazing,” according to HYOP Director Kriste Draper. “We really want to start an education scholarship fund for food, books, transportation and supplies, to fill that gap with the support a child needs to be successful in school. Also, a housing scholarship program for kids who get jobs starting at lower incomes who can finally make rent, but don’t
have the funding or resources to put down a damage deposit or furnish an apartment. It’s pretty tough, when you are homeless and hungry, to save $1,600. We are excited that, hopefully in the near future, we can put that kind of support in place.”
Because HYOP is housed within and supported by the Children’s Advocacy Institute, which is part of University of San Diego’s School of Law, Draper said the organization’s overhead is fully funded, so donations from the Campland Cares program will go directly to providing advocacy staffing and client services. “It’s phenomenal,” she said, “because this will more than double what we have (services) right now.”
According to Hotels that Help Founder Dave Levenson, Campland is the first campground, the first tourism property in San Diego and the largest hostelry to participate in the program to date. “Hotels like this program because it offers several key elements to guest relations. First, it demonstrates corporate social responsibility and engages your guest in local charity outreach efforts in your community. It also builds a bond of trust and loyalty between you and your guest as they entrust you with their donated dollar and see that is goes to an appropriate charity.”
“The Campland staff is really behind this program,” Gelfand said. “Many have already asked about volunteering and a subcommittee is planning a school supplies drive. It’s a wonderful program to bring together our staff and our campers as we do our small part to build a stronger community.”
Founded in 1969, Campland on the Bay is managed by Terra Vista Management on land leased from the city of San Diego.