Summer Together is a wholly volunteer-run program that funds summer camp scholarships and public-pool memberships for Port Washington families in need of economic assistance. Summer Together is a program of Long Island Together (LIT), a group of local community activists working to improve access to educational and enrichment opportunities for children, among other social justice causes.
In Summer 2020, the program's third year, the Summer Together team worked diligently to enable Port families to experience safe and enriching summer activities amid the challenges of the pandemic. We provided more than 100 children with a total of more than 300 weeks of activities. Here is a snapshot:
1) We worked with four of our community advisors (Our Lady of Fatima, St. Peter's, the Parent Resource Center and the Port Washington Public Library) to identify and fund 53 boys and girls to attend multi-week outdoor sports camps run by PAL and PYA. The children enjoyed a cumulative total of 180 weeks of camp.
2) As a result of our outreach to the PW School District, we funded a newly created math enrichment program for rising 6th graders who fell behind in their studies as a result of the lockdown. The two-week virtual program was taught by district teachers and served 47 students in need of academic intervention services.
3) We funded two interns who participated in ReWild’s 16-week “Summer Program to Fight Hunger and Climate Change.”
4) We worked closely with the TONH and Councilwoman Mariann Dalimonte regarding the opening of the Manorhaven Pool. Mariann advocated strongly for the pool to be free and cites the example of Summer Together as inspiring her efforts. We also worked with the school district and the TONH parks department to enable residents to accept enrollment in Port schools as proof of residency for any family seeking daily entrance
Many thanks to the following LIT members on the Summer Together team: Sonia Arora, Javiera Arenas, Ellen Davidson, Ilise Friedman, Dilia Kamensky, Elise May, Pam O'Connell, Hope Pecullan, Raju Rajan, Marivic Restivo and Analia Quispe.
Of course, Summer Together is possible only because of the generosity of the Port community -- thanks to all our donors, LIT members and supporters!
Summer Together's fiscal sponsor is the 501(c)(3) non-profit Long Island Jobs With Justice. Tax-deductible donations can be made by credit card by clicking the Donate button below, or you can write a check made out to "Long Island Jobs With Justice" with memo line "Summer Together" and mail to:
Summer Together c/o Long Island Jobs with Justice
Attention: Ani Halasz
390 Rabro Drive
Hauppauge, NY 11788
When donating online please be sure to select “Summer Together” from the dropdown box.
In the program’s second year in 2019 Summer Together funded 83 family pool memberships at Manorhaven Park and 25 campers who attended one week of specialized camps in dance, sports, science and music. The program was supported in 2019 by more than 90 individual donors and grants from Greentree Foundation and Awesome Dads Foundation. Our local partners include The Community Synagogue Social Action Committee, Littig House, Our Lady of Fatima Social Outreach, Padres en Accion Asociacion, the Parent Resource Center, Reconstructionist Synagogue of the North Shore, St. Peter of Alcantara Social Ministry, St. Stephen’s Church Outreach Ministry, Temple Beth Israel Social Action Committee and the United Methodist Church PW.
Camps that have participated to date include Bach to Rock, Berest Dance Center, Blue Moon Project, Camp Invention, Parent Resource Center, PAL, Port Youth Activities and Unlimited Sports Action. Campers and families are referred to the program through community service organizations including Littig House, the Parent Resource Center, Port Washington Public Library ESOL and Homegrown Readers Programs, Our Lady of Fatima Social Outreach and St. Peter of Alcantara Social Ministry.
Summer Together supports children of all faiths, races, ethnicities and backgrounds.
For further information email: , or call Raju Rajan at 917-940-9556.