FAIRFIELD — Solano County on Tuesday allotted the $2,000 in prize money it received for its recent 100 Best Communities for Young People honors to send six children who have experienced domestic violence to Camp Hope.
Now it’s looking to citizens for some help. Carolyn Wold of the county’s Office of Family Violence Prevention said the goal is to match the prize money through donations and send 12 youths to Camp Hope. If enough money is donated, the county could send 25 children.
Camp Hope is located at Kidder Creek near the Oregon border in the wilderness near the Marble Mountains. Claudia Humphrey of the nonprofit LIFT3 Support Group said that Camp Hope will help the children heal.
It costs $300 to send each child. People can send donations marked “Camp Hope” to the LIFT3 Support Group, P.O. Box 5251, Vallejo, CA 94591.
The county on Tuesday also held a celebration at the county Government Center in recognition of the 100 Best Communities for Young People award. America’s Promise Alliance announced the honor in September. The county has won the award six consecutive times.
Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Linda Seifert said winning one award could be a fluke, but winning six consecutive awards means this is who people in the county are and what they do.
She and other supervisors then handed out about 75 certificates to various groups that helped Solano County win the award. Those being recognized ranged from the Fairfield Matt Garcia Youth Center to the Vacaville Boys and Girls Club to the Solano Land Trust to the YIPPIE Foundation to the Solano Transportation Authority to the Solano Parent Teachers Association to the county library to local school districts.
“In any community, it’s easy to find people who care about their children,” county Superintendent of Schools Jay Speck said. “It’s harder to find people who care about other people’s children.”
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