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Changing Lives-The Rabbi Ronnie Greenwald Scholarship Foundation

I am participating in Hike2Help, as a Zechus for Rabbi Greenwald ZTL. Raising money for Camp Scholarships was a cause very dear to his heart and he spent hours tirelessly working to collect sufficient funds for a needy child to go to camp. I know from my personal experience that camp can be a life changer, as I was fortunate to have it be so for me. I believe that I would not be the person I am today without summers in Camp Sternberg, and Rabbi Greenwald's vision, and for that I have tremendous gratitude.

This summer, I will be participating in an outdoor adventure-hiking and caving for the worthy cause of sending a girl to overnight camp. The hiking and caving won't be easy, but neither is life for many children who are struggling with academic or social difficulties, a parent who is ill, divorced, financial difficulty...

The girls who are awarded hike2help scholarships are dealing with daily tribulations that no one should have to go through. Some of them deal with the realities of disease in a family member on a daily basis. Some live in a one parent home that is under a lot of stress due to financial and other issues. Some are coping with the fallout of addiction of family members and the attendant dysfunction that it brings. These children need the break that summer camp provides, and the chance to laugh, run and play like "normal" children. They need a reprieve from a challenging home situation, to restore their spirits and renew their strength to persevere!

I myself attended Camp Sternberg as a teenager.  As the daughter of immigrants, I was not always afforded the same opportunities as my peers, nor were my parents always able to afford them in the way of school or social functions.  Going to Camp Sternberg, I met girls from all over the country - and beyond - and was not judged for being different, poor or unpopular.  Everyone was on the same level and treated equally.  These summers helped to shape and mold me into the person that I am today.  During my Waitress year, I was even chosen as one of the captains of Color War, to my immense shock and amazement.  What that did to my self-esteem was indescribable and it carries me until today.  This was Rabbi Greenwald's way.

My objective is to raise at least $1000 by then and I hope you will help me reach this goal. All donations are 100% tax-deductible.

Please contribute by clicking on the donate button now.

Thank you for supporting me and doing so, helping children have a meaningful summer.