Trinity United Methodist Church
Monday, November 24, 2014

CAMP PROVIDENCE

CAMP PROVIDENCE
 
Camp Providence is located on the beautiful shores of Lake Hartwell and has been a vital part of the Anderson Community since 1972. It began as one man’s dream to provide a place where inner-city children could go and experience a summer camp atmosphere at no cost to them. Archie Morgan was that man with the dream, and soon, with the blessings of the Anderson District of the United Methodist Church, Camp Providence was established on the grounds of the old Providence Methodist Church. Camp Providence is an independent organization solely supported by donations from church organizations, businesses, and individuals. We are a South Carolina Nonprofit Corporation that has received Federal tax exempt status under IRC section 501©(3) status and recognition as a public charity allowing donations to the camp to be deductible for Federal income tax purposes.
  
Camp Providence has always focused its energy on inner city children, as well as Helping Hands Children’s Home, and Christian Care Daycare who has several special needs children. Year after year, the staff of the camp has gone to the apartment complexes and mill villages looking for groups of boys and girls between the ages of 5-16 years of age who could not afford to attend a summer camp. They would provide them with transportation to and from camp each day for a week, challenge their artistic side with arts and crafts, encourage character building through biblical studies, teach them how to respect nature, guide them in career choices, and provide well supervised water front activities for all to enjoy, but most importantly, show them unconditional love. Also, before returning the children each day to their respective homes, each child is fed a well balanced meal provided by the USDA.
  
Camp Providence is governed by a Board of Directors of well respected business men and women from all aspects of the business community, as well as members of the local church community. In recent years, the Board has completed several projects around the camp to make it a more suitable place for the children to play. Improvements include: water front revitalization, installation of a volleyball court/football field, basketball playing surface and general maintenance around the site. Future goals are to improve the overall facility appearance beginning with the house that doubles as a staff office and food prep area, installation of playground equipment, and provide housing for the staff.
  
As you may know, all this does not come without a cost, which is why we are asking you and your organization to help us to provide these children with an opportunity to experience Camp Providence. Join with us in supporting our ministry by contributing toward our operating expenses and general maintenance fund. We could not have survived the years without the generous support of companies and organizations such as yours; please visit our website at www.CampProvidence.com to learn more about the camp, the dream of Archie Morgan, and now the dream of our current staff.