Mission: Statement of needs/problems to be addressed; description of target population and how they will benefit. The destiny of this community has been closely tied to that of the automobile industry; both GM and Ford have plants which have either downsized or closed in the past decade within the boundaries of this small school district. Lacking a broad base of economic opportunity, the fortunes of Willow Run and its residents have declined along with those of the American auto industry. In 2006-2007, over 70% of the children in four of the five elementary schools were eligible for the free school lunch program; the percentage at the fifth school was 68%. (Willow Run Food Services, 2007) Single parent households, which are uniquely challenged to provide economical, wholesome activity in the summer, comprised almost four out of five families in Willow Run in 2000. (City-Data.com, 2000) These children are educationally at risk, as indicated by low MEAP scores; using combined math and reading scores, all five elementary schools scored in the bottom third of the state in 2005-2006 (SchoolDigger.com, 2007). In 2004-2005, 68% of the senior class graduated; in 2005-2006, 52% graduated. (Center for Educational Performance & Information, 2006)
This organization uses every penny donated or granted to support sending kids to camp - each year they've increased the number of kids sent. They reach out to hundreds of kids including foster kids, and make a huge difference in each of their lives. I highly recommend this nonprofit.