Donate to Rainbow’s Summer Camp Bus Transportation Fund

During the months of July and August, Rainbow will provide a summer camp experience for low-income children ranging from 5 to 13 years old. We will be transporting up to sixty children, five days a week for six weeks to Camp Marshall located in Spencer, MA. After careful consideration of the very challenging health and safety restrictions we are facing but with a belief in the critical benefits of camp, especially this year, our board and staff felt strongly about offering a fun, outdoor summer experience for our children.

We can’t do this without your financial support! Covid-19 health and safety restrictions allow only ten children on each bus due to social distancing requirements. These extremely costly guidelines result in Rainbow’s Summer Camp Bus Transportation Expense for 6 buses for 6 weeks to be $49,500!

Our Board of Directors has unanimously voted to take this extraordinary step; they are 100% committed to making personal contributions and seeking to redirect some grant funding to this effort and are asking Rainbow friends to join them in generating the funds we need. Our goal is to quickly raise $25,000 to assist in meeting those transportation costs.

Learn more about Rainbow’s Summer Camp Program and the transportation appeal.

YOU CAN HELP. HERE’S WHERE YOU CAN BE A HERO FOR KIDS! YOUR GIFT OF:

$8,250 will sponsor 6 buses for 60 children for one week (1650 x 5) or 1 bus for 10 children for 30 days

$1,650 will sponsor 6 buses for 60 children for one day

$1,375 will sponsor 1 bus for one week ($275 x 5)

$875 will sponsor one child’s bus transportation for 30 days of camp

$275 will sponsor 1 bus for 10 children for one day

$27.50 will sponsor one child for one day of bus transportation

Rainbow Supports Justice, Equity and Peace

While our doors have been closed since the middle of March due to the pandemic, our hearts and minds remain open in this pivotal time. Rainbow has been, and always will be committed to combating systemic racism, violence, and institutionalized oppression against black and brown lives. We embrace, recognize, and celebrate the diversity of the children and families that comprise the fabric of Rainbow’s community, and believe Rainbow’s children are tomorrow’s prosperity.

Racism is a learned behavior, not an inherited trait.  Children’s self-perception forms their identity and attitude toward others. Rainbow’s collective focus is to ensure that all children maximize their strengths, feel empowered, and recognize their value. We will continue to offer children programs to increase their resiliency, accessibility to new opportunities, and ensure a sense of belonging based on trust and mutual respect.

The pillars of equity, inclusion, empathy, and respect are modeled by Rainbow’s administration, teachers, and staff in order to have a formative role in helping children build critical skills for navigating the complexities of race. Our teachers and staff remain committed to upholding Rainbow’s core principles:

  • Creating a welcoming community by making equity and inclusion prominent priorities in our routines and environment in order for children to feel a greater sense of belonging, safety, trust, and openness.
  • Encouraging self-expression by giving children the ability and validation to bring their full racial and cultural identities to Rainbow. 
  • Creating opportunities for discussion about racial equity using current events, cultural happenings, and pop culture to spark relevant and meaningful discussions with our children. While attention to diversity is important, it is even more critical to address equity (fairness or justice), since racism is fundamentally about power. Age-appropriate discussions include the importance of fair treatment, opportunities, and justice for everyone.

As we work to build a more just world, we stand tall within the Worcester Community and support the many brave individuals and organizations doing important work to eliminate racism.  

Director’s Letter

Joyce Rowellrainbow child development centerDear Friends,
I am pleased to report this past year Rainbow Child Development Center celebrated its 47th year of providing high quality educational and therapeutic programs and services to at-risk children in an effort to transform their lives. Over the years children’s needs have increased in both complexity and degree. Rainbow offers an array of diverse supplemental courses to address these needs. This past year we implemented a new social emotional program, dental health education series, a family engagement series, art, music, and Young Lady Leadership program. Our staff also participated in leading edge professional development trainings focused on childhood trauma. Our Board of Directors and management team engaged in advocating changes to public policy. Our advocacy efforts in conjunction with the early education community raised awareness and resulted in a modest salary increase for early education educators. Rainbow also partnered with key legislators to ensure all children, particularly those at greatest risk, have access to early education programs with the highest quality resources, teachers and leaders. In the coming months our organization will implement a new strategic plan. Our Board of Directors and dedicated staff were tasked with thinking and acting boldly with conviction by forging unique partnerships that would create a lasting positive impact while remaining firm to our mission. We are committed to providing at-risk children with the foundation to realize their full potential by providing them a safe haven filled with opportunities, caring adults and superior programs. As you read this annual report, I hope it will remind you of our successes and how your support has improved the lives of hundreds of at-risk children.

Sincerely,
Joyce Rowell
Executive Director

Board Member Opportunities

Rainbow Child Development Center’s Board of Directors is looking for people to serve on the Board and Advisory Board. If you would like to learn more about the Board and Advisory Group functions, please click here.

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