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The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation has awarded a grant of $5,000 for the Volunteers of America Northern Rockies Camp POSTCARD (Peace Officers Striving to Create and Reinforce Dreams).

The camp aims to build a trusting and longstanding rapport between the children who attend camp and the counselors. The counselors are law enforcement and school resource officers from the children’s respective counties. The premise is that these relationships, which are established early in the youths’ lives, will prevent future at-risk behavior and subsequent negative lifelong consequences.

The camp is offered free of charge to invited children who might not otherwise be able to attend.

Law enforcement and school resource officers handpick fifth- and sixth-graders from their communities to attend camp. Camp is offered in both Montana and Wyoming each year. This is the fourth year for Montana’s camp.

Volunteers of America is a nonprofit organization that focuses on providing services to the needy that will help them rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Their services include children’s programs, veteran services, affordable housing for seniors, substance abuse treatment, services for the homeless, correctional services and community enhancement projects.

For information, contact Daniel Burkhart, director of community affairs at 406-252-4118 or dburkhart@voanr.org.

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