Hopeworks Gears Up for Annual Fun ‘N the Sun Fundraiser!

Camden nonprofit hopes to raise $30,000 for summer youth job program

(CAMDEN, NJ) – During a time when many companies are laying off employees due to budget cuts, one organization is taking an unorthodox approach to creating new jobs. Hopeworks ‘N Camden, a nonprofit youth development organization, is launching its annual Fun ‘N The Sun raffle campaign to raise funds for its summer youth job program. The goal is to raise $30,000 in order to provide 25 youth jobs for the summer of 2011.

“We are tremendously grateful to all our partners who support the program year after year to make our summer job program possible,” said Father Jeff Putthoff, executive director of Hopeworks. “Rather than depending on grants that may not be available each year, we’ve developed a grassroots approach that allows us to raise the money ourselves and have fun doing so.”

Hopeworks sells “subscriptions” for $20 each which gives the buyer 30 chances to win up to $2,011. Each day during the month of June, the organization will draw the name of a winner and award them a cash prize. The daily cash prize varies from $50 to $250. Winners’ names will be posted on the Hopeworks Web site at www.hopeworks.org.

In addition to buying subscriptions companies and individuals can also choose to sponsor an entire job. Each individual summer job pays $1,200. Youth will be placed in a job in one of Hopeworks’ departments, including Web production and GIS mapping and surveying. Last year the program raised $26,500 and created 23 summer youth jobs. To help go to www.hopeworks.org/fun.

Founded in 2000 by three local churches, Hopeworks is a nonprofit organization designed to empower inner-city Camden youth by offering learning opportunities, enhancing their self-esteem through real-world jobs, and teaching them to be successful and self-sufficient.