I am the foster parent to a young man who has been with me for several years now. As a foster parent, I want to let the Felix Organization know that they are an absolute treasure. Organizations like them are one of the many reasons I continue to foster children in need of a safe and loving home. The Felix Organization makes it so much easier for parents to help create and make the dreams of the children come true. My boy Z asked me one day if he could take parkour classes at a local facility in our town. My first question was "what is parkour"? He then proceeded to load up a video from YouTube to show me. He even went as far to get the address and phone number to the location. After speaking with them, I quickly realized it was just out of reach for me financially. Then one day shortly after our discussion, I received an email from our local summer camp program introducing me to the Felix Organization. I read the information and quickly applied for a scholarship. It wasn't long before I received a reply from them outlining the steps I needed to take to complete the application process. We have been privileged to come across the Felix Organization. They have graced us with their sponsorship for quite some time now. They're flawlessly easy to work with and communicating with them is expedient. I don't know how I could have managed without their help. Being affiliated with this organization is a benefit for any family. These folks are personable, gracious, warm and they truly care about the children. Felix Organization, your support for Z and our family has made one very special boy in CA tremendously happy and we applaud you for that. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!
I first got to know the Felix Organization 12 years ago and had the privilege to see the amazing work they did with children in the child welfare system. I joined the work and the mission 11 years ago as a staff member at Camp Felix. Since then, I have witnessed countless smiles, magical moments and life changing time.
Felix operates with professionalism and connection to staff and campers alike. The beyond camp grant is a great grant to help support students year round and most recently Felix was a huge partner to us when our families needed it most.
We appreciate everything the Felix organization has done for us over the years. We will always appreciate your partnership.
The Felix Organization has been essential for promoting wellness and joy for children in the foster care system. As the nation's first and most advanced school designed specifically kids in the foster care and child welfare system, we know how important their work is for the community. We have sent countless children to spend the summer at their camp as well as work together to create lifelong memories throughout the year through trips to the ballet, an annual Thanksgiving get together, and trips to museums. Thank you for the work you do -- your organization is truly essential for the self-esteem of vulnerable children.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced Haven Academy to shutter its doors and provide distance learning to students on Friday, March 13th. Our staff was well-prepared: teachers provided paper homework packets and quickly mobilized to full online learning on Monday, March 23. At that same time, families transitioned from having two hot meals and a snack provided to their children by Haven Academy every day to having to ensure that their children have enough food at home.
Our team of highly devoted social workers have been working around the clock to check in with families and students to make sure this basic requirement is met. The team checks on their mental health, overall well-being, and makes sure the family has the learning tools and support they need. During these contacts, we noticed that many families were waiting for their next Food Stamp installment to purchase household essentials and were falling short. We also found an increase in families who are quarantining at home due to multiple family members being diagnosed with COVID-19. Further still were families whose small businesses were forced to close for the safety of the community.
The generous grant from the Felix Organization has allowed us to provide direct support to 34 students in 14 families experiencing food insecurity. Without this support, many of our families would have been unable to purchase food staples, formula, basic medicines, cleaning supplies, among other items. As food banks, shelter systems, and the social safety net struggle to keep pace with the rapidly-evolving environment, the Felix Organization bridged the gap to ensure children in the foster care and child welfare system were able to eat.
The Felix Organization is an incredible nonprofit. Though it has grown tremendously, it continues to provide excellent service across all programs. At Camp Felix, children have the opportunity to be their true selves and be surrounded by adults who care for them deeply. They are encouraged to try new things and hone in on their existing talents through various activities.
I worked at Camp Felix for three summers and can confidently say that The Felix Organization has a major impact on the children they serve. The programming they invest in helps foster community, hope and joy. The Felix Organization will always have my support!
Simply put, the Felix Organization is the best in the business!
Over the past decade the Felix Organization team has worked tirelessly on expanding both programs and resources to meet both the need and the demands of our youth in care.
With the addition of a Youth Board for teens, Beyond Camp Grants & Counselor In Training programs, The Felix Organization is uniquely positioned to help kids evolve from campers all the way into full fledged staff members.
I’ve been apart of this organizations journey for the past 12 years and I can honestly say that the staff members I’ve met, kids I’ve connected with & the magical moments I’ve witnessed have all played a part in making me the man I am today.
Camp Felix is more of an all inclusive resort for kids than it is a summer camp!
There is nowhere else in the country where you can find a camp with staff who literally travel from across globe to provide our youth in foster care with the most MAGICAL SUMMER EXPERIENCE IN THE WORLD.
Everynight campers are treated to a host of amazing shows put together by team members and partners of the felix organization. Campers are always encouraged to be a part of the action!
At the end of the summer families and supporting members of the Felix Organization are invited to an star studded talent show featuring the amazing campers and counselors!
All in all there's no place I'd rather spend my summers than CAMP FELIX!
THE MOST MAGICAL SUMMER CAMP ON EARTH!
The Felix Organization is committed to changing the lives of foster youth. As a former foster youth, its important to have a place to call home, a support system and a group of people that genuinely care about your well being. Since joining this organization I've had the opportunity to receive just that. I've been a member of the Junior Board for the past 3 years and it has been life changing. To give a child growing up in foster care the opportunity to just be a kid is priceless. These are the years that shape lives of who these children will one day become! I am proud to be a part of this amazing organization.
Simply an incredible organization; goes above and beyond to change the lives of our most needy kids.
My family has worked and supported this wonderful organization since it’s inception. The services and support it provides to these high risk kids is immeasurable. Some children don’t have anything to look forward to, but Camp Felix gives them something substantial yearly!!!!!!
Felix is an amazing charity. They work with such needy children. They provide an important summer event for these children who so desperately need love and affection. Wonderful work!
As a long time donor with an expertise in evaluating a company's operations, I have always been amazed at how much The Felix Organization's leadership, staff and volunteers are able to accomplish to achieve their goals and objectives of improving the lives of these wonderful and deserving children. Their love and compassion is on display in every one of the Organization's programs and events.
I have partnered with the Felix Organization for over ten years now. I am grateful for so many of the things they do. Our programs serve youth in congregate care. Being able to go to camp each summer and have an amazing, normative, transformative and fun in the sun experience is priceless. They don’t only make the opportunity available they show up, enhance programming and advocate for the youth.
During the holidays we count on their generosity to provide kids with gifts and make sure they are not forgotten. The holidays are hard for kids separated from their family. The gifts help make them feel that they are cared about.
Most recently, Felix was able to give us emergency support during Covid. Helping us get arts materials to keep our kids busy during their stay in care and for packages to our families that have food insecurities and limited transportation. The enhancement to what we can provide are measurable and felt. We are so grateful for the partnership and support.
Shirley Salomon, LCSW
Director of Clinical Services
Who looks out for the needs and interests of foster children, who are among the most vulnerable members of our society?
The Felix Organization gives children in the foster care system an experience afforded to so many other children: a chance to be a kid at summer camp. Thanks to Felix, these kids can have critical socializing experiences and develop fond memories to look back on as they face the challenges of growing up.
I inadvertently stumbled on to the Camp Felix site while noodling around Facebook one day. It was on the anniversary of my dad's death. He was orphaned and homeless at 17, and was "taken in" by a family in his town. He taught his kids to help people who are jammed up, and to "be kind."
Since then, each year as a nod to my dad, I donate enough to send a kid to camp for one week. If I have more I give more.
It's the greatest organization because it gives a kid a chance to be a kid. My dad's legacy, lives...
Recently, on the Anniversary of my dad's death-he was orphaned at 17-I stumbled onto the Felix site; fate I guess? I quickly made a donation to send a kid to Camp this summer, and will do the same for years to come, to honor my dad. He was a good guy.
This was an emotional experience, and I felt my dad that day. He's been gone 11 years. I'm honored to be a part of maybe changing a kid's perspective for a week. All of us deserve a shot.
I attended Camp Felix as a child and have also had the honor of working there once I was old enough. Since the age of 8 every single summer I've spent at Camp Felix had been life-changing. I've gained both spirit and life time friends who I consider family from camp. They also throw various great events throughout the year to remind the Felix family that it is a year-round experience. The people who attend both camp and year-around events always see that Camp Felix is a family and is open to anyone with enough CAMP SPIRIT to join!!!!
Having watched The Felix Organization grow for the past 12 years, I have seen the positive effect on campers who experience leaving the inner city for the first time. They form a tight camaraderie free of having to wear a tough outer shell, where those less outgoing are embraced and encouraged by their peers to reach their full potential. The youngsters are encouraged to experience dance, singing, acting, arts and crafts and physical challenges, including learning to swim, a skill taken for granted by many youth from other environments. Pride in who they are and where they come from is an integral part of the experience, reinforced by each cabin making flags representing a myriad of ethnicities and learning about the country, language and customs. The annual camp Open House and Talent Show provides a venue for all to shine without fear of failure or recrimination, either independently or within a group. When visiting camp, I have been inspired by the enthusiasm of campers and counselors alike; smiles and laughter abound, coupled with serious and compassionate conversations as the situation calls for. All of this takes place within the rigid requirements for safety and health and well-being required for all children’s camps, with the additional support necessary for those with unique needs.
The organization is carefully managed, with nearly 75% of all funds going directly to the program. Funding is supported by generous donations of time and materials from avid supporters and volunteers. The Felix Organization has become my family’s chosen charity as we witness the positive benefits it provides for children so often left behind through no fault of their own.
The Felix Organization is an integral resource to youth in the foster care system. Often times said kids feel alone and unwanted, with little opportunity to pursue their interests or interact with those who can understand their situation. The Felix Organization provides all that and more! As someone who was once a recipient of their aid and is now a current intern with them, I feel I can safely and confidently say that the Felix Organization is one of a kind. I hope that people in the community will continue to support their efforts to improve the lives of foster kids everywhere.
The Felix Organization has played a vital role in my life, for as long as I can remember. As a kid there was never a summer that I didn't want to go to camp & I can still remember crying & feeling sad, when summer would end & the countdown would have to restart. The countdown until the next event, until we were all reunited, until we all felt at home again. For many of us Felix is a family.
This charity has enriched the lives of children in foster care for over 13 years. They not only have sponsored summer camps for this community they help individuals through out the year. If it wasn’t for their annual secret Santa campaign some of the children in foster care would not receive any Christmas gifts. They are making a difference one child at a time.
I have been following the Felix Organization and what they do for some time now and it is so empowering. Helping the underprivileged and raising money for kids in foster care to enjoy after school activities, school itself and summer camp when they many not have been able to in the first place. Even helping with holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas so these children don't feel left out. Every kid deserves to be a kid and enjoy what life has to offer and this way they can.
The Jam Master Jay Foundation for Music is a proud donor of The Felix Organization. They do such important work and have an enormous impact on the kids they work with. They are focused, organized, compassionate, creative, and have an in depth understanding of the needs these kids have. We look forward to continuing to partner with them in the coming years!
Felix is truly one of those great organization with truly great people running the show. They have unequivocally demonstrated a passion to providing a diverse range of enrichment for children in the foster care system whom are typically neglected and very often cast aside.
Felix has demonstrated an innate ability to enrich children's lives beyond just taking them to summer camp. I have witnessed first hand the children who enter the program and believe very little is possible within their current situations transformed into children with dreams aspirations and real goals. This is a direct result of encouragement and their exposure to people who truly care about their futures as well as mental and physical challenges, arts and crafts, music, theater and participating in first hand problem solving and team building exercises.
The Felix Organization does truly embody every day what many others should aspire to be !
I have been a part CAMP FELIX since the beginning, I started as counselor and held many position at the camp. CAMP FELIX has a special place in my heart. until this day I stayed in contact and come across with pass campers that attended camp with us and one of the things they say when I come across those past campers is how CAMP FELIX allowed them to be themselves and just have fun, because back home it was chaotic for them and CAMP FELIX was their home always from home. CAMP FELIX is a camp that once you attend you'll always be a camp member. Many of our past campers have returned to work or volunteer with us and that itself speak volumes of the care with give each child that come to CAMP FELIX.
CAMP FELIX IS NOT JUST A CAMP, IT IS A TRADITION................
As a young person growing up in New York City, I was privileged enough to live near the ocean and I can say from experience how important it is for human beings, especially children, to connect with nature. The Felix Organization provides children from the foster care system with the opportunity to get away from hectic city life to enjoy fresh air, green grass, beautiful trees, and clear skies. I've seen their happy faces for myself and I know that their time at Camp Felix will leave a positive impact on their lives that will last forever.
The Felix Organization has been a loyal part of my children's lives for over 10 years. My children went to Camp Felix each summer when they were young and they looked forward to it every year. I don't think there is another organization that truly creates a family for all of us like Felix does. With other organizations, you don't always know for sure if they are making a difference in the community. Felix always puts children first and makes sure to provide the best opportunities. I am grateful for the positive impact they've had on my children's lives and for how they continue to care about them even through adulthood. I believe that Felix will be a special part of their lives forever.
The Felix Organization has been an amazing and consistent part of my children's lives for the past 10 years. They attended Camp Felix every summer and eventually went on to work there. I am grateful for the positive impact Felix still has on my children's lives all these years since they first started going to Camp. They continue to be part of Felix events and programs. I believe that Felix will be a special part of their lives forever. I don't think there is another organization that truly creates a family for all of us like Felix does. I thank them for always thinking of my children and giving them the opportunity to be part of something beautiful.
Felix is the little organization that CAN! From humble beginnings with one camp for children in foster care, Felix has grown to serve hundreds of children each summer with 5 Camp Felix programs, including 2 on the West Coast. In addition to creating magical summer experiences, Felix also provides scholarships to children in foster care so they can enjoy extracurricular activities throughout the year. Felix is a small family and team that makes BIG dreams come true!
I've known about this organization for several years and they are doing great work with the foster care population. Inspiring group!
Felix has been sending kids from the most impoverished areas of NYC to camp for over ten years. They are an amazing and inspiring group!
This charity has been growing by leaps and bounds since it began over 12 years ago. Now they not only have four summer camp programs on the east and west coasts, they also provide year round opportunities for children growing up in the foster care system.
This is a truly incredible organization that dedicates its time and resources to help better the lives of youth in foster care. What continues to stick out to me the most is the passion and dedication of the staff and employees-- they don't work at Felix simply because they were offered a job, each and every one of them truly cares about the happiness and wellbeing of their kids and campers and wants to see and create change in the foster community.
When I traveled upstate New York to visit camp Felix summer program, I was touched by the personality’s and talent among these young kids .. they shared there hopes and dreams the Facility was great and the kids really enjoy there time there , I’m honored to be part of this fantastic organization! Jeff Wallner
I truly commend The Felix Organization on the work they are doing to ensure that children who often do not have stable home environments have a place they can now call "home". The summer and winter camps allow kids with a common struggle to come together and feel a sense of hope, belonging and love. There are so many issues that need to be addressed from the root, and The Felix Organization is tackling just that, so that these kids CAN grow up to be productive members of society, pursue an education and find their true callings! Privileged to be able to work with such an amazing group of people who inspire me!
The Felix Organization is a wonderful organization with a staff truly committed to realizing the company's mission of helping youth in foster care!
Camp Felix provides hundreds of people with a life-changing experience; both children and staff. Being a part of the camp felix team gives every individual the opportunity to widen their range of abilities by working in an environment that is conducive to growth. Both the counselors and the children are so welcoming and eager to make each summer the best summer they've had. I was a first camp counselor with Camp Felix last summer, and I can honestly say that last summer was the most memorable summer I've ever had. Working alongside individuals who all had something to bring to the table and genuinely wanted to ensure that each kid left Camp Felix at the end of the week with a smile on their faces was beneficial to my understanding of what a team really is. I went to camp to work and change children's lives, but it turns out that my life was changed as well. From the camp cheers to the talent shows, Camp Felix is a fun and rewarding experience. I love my Camp Felix family, and I can't wait to return this summer as a camp counselor!
Summer at Camp Felix is something I will always hold so dear to my heart and will never forget. Having never been to a sleep away camp myself, nervous wasn't even the word to describe myself the night before the first day. But as soon as I met my coworkers and the children that attend Camp Felix, the nerves instantly vanished. Not only were the other counselors extremely welcoming, but so were the campers. It was inspiring to see such young souls absolutely light up when stepping off the bus and entering camp! The bonds formed between one another and the compassion displayed was so heartwarming. It was so much fun teaching all of the different campers new things from drawing to swimming to a sense of responsibility, and team work. Earning awards at the end of the week for a job well done boosted the self confidence and overall morale. It was incredible to witness. I am thrilled to be returning to Camp Felix as a counselor again this summer, and I look forward to making many great new memories and friends. Camp Felix is an exceptional program that offers children various programs like art, tennis, basketball, swimming, rock climbing and so much more. Though the summer months can get extremely hot and the days are long and tiring, I wouldn't trade this experience for the world.
My time at Camp Felix was life changing and very amazing. I myself have never been to a sleep away camp but after the first day at Camp Felix everything became natural. Working with the boys in my cabin was very eye opening. I was able to connect with a group of kids in a way that I never did before. By working with other counselors, staff members and children at the camp we became one big family with one mission in mind...TO HAVE FUN. Even though the summer was very hot and by the end of the day I was exhausted, I was happy knowing that I was able to bring a smile to all the children faces that I worked with during the day. Camp Felix is a extraordinary program and I am happy to know that this summer more children will get to enjoy a fun filled summer filled with events, activities, fun and games. It sadness me to know that I won't be able to come back this summer but through Camp Felix I was able to obtain employment through the NY Foundling. Camp Felix will continue to be great and I hope that everyone get to understand and experience what a true camp experience is!
It's the place where so many of us have found our voices, some hope for the world. The place where you become most in touch with your inner self, it's become a home away from home. It's a place where indenying stardom is born. A place filled with laughter, commitment, love, and ambition. The Felix Organization and Camp Felix are built on a foundation of family and friendship. The bonds that are made are beyond extraordinary. Year in and year out I've found myself thinking of new ideas and ways to make camp better, and every summer I'm amazed by the changes I see; the growth. I'm beyond lucky to have been/ to be a part of such an amazing team, and to every individual I've met: THANK YOU. For your countless inspiration and admiration. Here's to another year devoted to Felix, and a year of prosperity.
I've been a donor and volunteer for Felix for the past year, and it is such an amazing organization. I've had the opportunity to meet so many of the kids who benefit from Felix's fundraising and Summer Camp experience, and to see the joy in their faces is reason enough to get involved.
The Felix Organization is invaluable. Their one-on-one approach to enriching and helping children and young adults to succeed is just one reason why Felix is so impactful. I had the chance last summer to see that first hand at Camp Felix. The way that the staff and team functioned made it clear that their priority was focused on providing a safe and nurturing environment for the campers to enjoy. This is the reason why I love the Felix Organization and believe so much in their mission.
The Felix Organization is an amazing nonprofit that completely changes the lives for children in the foster care system!
Felix was the perfect non-profit for to get involved with that is forward-thinking and also gave me an opportunity to help the younger generation / the future of America. Everything we do is completely motivated by the goal of enriching the lives of children in foster care, and I couldn't be happier with my fellow volunteers. This organization also has top-notch leadership and very open to new ideas!
The Felix Organization does amazing work. From their counselors through their administration, the organization is full of hard working, passionate individuals, that make a difference in so many lives each and every summer!
I got to know about this org through a friend of mine, who is the Junior Board President. I admire the enthusiasm I see at every event and look forward to attending more.
Keep on the good work!
Throughout the last year that I have had the pleasure of working with The Felix Organization as a member of the Junior Board I have continually been inspired. The Felix Board, Executive Team and their growing support network devote their time and energy to the kids in new and creative ways. Even more impressive is how the kids are so motivated by their Camp Felix experience to give back to their peers and communities by becoming volunteers themselves.
I had the opportunity to volunteer at Camp Felix for a work event and fell in love. The organization does amazing work for foster kids - allowing them to be kids and enjoy the summer. I have to give credit to the people who run The Felix Organization, not only for the great work they do but for the passion that they show while doing it. I am excited to continue to be involved with The Felix Organization!
Felix is such an incredible organization that supports so many children through the tireless work of amazing volunteers. The founders are directly involved and interact and inspire the kids with their dedication and sincerity. I have been involved with many organizations but none is as outstanding or as genuine as Felix. The children gain so much as evidenced by the desire so many of them have to remain involved with Felix as they mature into adults. It truly is an exceptional organization and the kids that are welcomed by it experience positive changes that remain with them forever.
I first heard about the Felix organization when a friend of mine explained that she was heading to an event and wanted company. I decided I would go with her. It was held during the day at a camp upstate ny. And I was delighted to spend the day with the children/counsellors and other Felix supporters. It's a great cause- run by special individuals who really care.
I have been involved with The Felix Organization since 2006. The co-founders, Sheila Jaffe and Darryl McDaniels have inspired me and when they asked for help I couldn't say no. I had no idea I would still be here on this remarkable journey with them ten summers later as those of us who are a part of Team Felix witness first hand how their vision is enriching the lives of children in foster care one child at a time, one camp at a time, one school book at a time, one smile at a time. We have seen children light up with hope and go on to college with Felix supporting them and applauding their journey. These children are our children. We have a village of dedicated people from volunteers, board members, friends, family and co-workers. We all have this in common we love the people who planted the seed and we love the children who blossom because of it. FELIX is a game changer and as it enters it's tenth year, its mission and purpose grows in enthusiasm and need.
I have been working with The Felix Organization since it first began in 2006. I am continually amazed at the impact that Felix is having on so many young lives. The youth Felix serves are in the foster care system, and have often faced abuse and/or neglect. Felix provides a loving community for these youth to help get them on a path to success. Each year Camp Felix grows and expands, with former campers coming back as CITs, Volunteers and eventually Counselors. What better role models for the young campers than those who were once in their shoes. Felix is a community unlike any other I've ever seen. In the almost ten years since its inception, Felix has served over 1,000 youth. Please support Felix so it can serve its next 1,000.
The Felix Organization is on the rise! With an excellent group of individuals who serve our youth at Camp Felix and behind the scenes, they are passionate at what they do.
We are approaching our tenth year and are expecting many more to come!! Go Team Felix!
The Felix Organization helps kids that need help the most. Working with them for the past 10 years I have made memories and friendships that will last a lifetime! Camp Felix rocks!
I am so honored to be a volunteer for FELIX. The way they change the lives for these kids is so amazing. Camp Felix gives them a place where they get to embrace their 'specialness,' make new friends, learn, feel supported and have fun. I loved dancing with them at the Dance-A-Thon, their spirits so high, to see how people came out to support & celebrate them. FELIX gives them a place to thrive, and go for their dreams….so special, so very special! I LOVE the FELIX ORGANIZATION…and their Staff, well, they're ROCK STARS! Thanks for all the feel good you guys have given me, Cilda
This was my first year being part of The Felix Organization’s Dance-A-Thon, raising money for ‘CAMP FELIX.’ It was such an amazing afternoon, especially seeing the some of the kids that have been going to Camp Felix over the years, all ages, and how happy they were. We were all there for them and they knew it. These kids were beaming with happiness, dancing nonstop and feeling so special, it brought tears to my eyes as they saw themselves being celebrated and that their lives matter. CAMP FELIX gives them experiences and friendships that will last a lifetime. The Felix Org. also gives scholarships and financial support, and most importantly a place where these children can go after they age out of foster care. Sadly sometimes these kids have no one to be there for them when they ‘age out,’ but The Felix Organization is. They do it with love, compassion, while enriching these kids lives and helping them build self confidence.
Felix a small charity with a big heart. During the past nine years Felix has sent thousands of at risk boys & girls to summer camp, Thanksgiving dinners, Radio City Holiday shows, and supported young adults who have aged out of the foster care system. I am proud to support and donate to such a worthy group. Bravo!
Hello, I'm impressed with Felix Organization for all their unselfish acts of kindness towards children and teens most in need. As a donor, my wish is that one day I can do much more for Felix's children. I have family that have been in foster care, so it is personal to me. Like most amazing organizations, Felix's vision and goals stem from their leaders. The founder's themselves, Ms. Sheila Jaffe and Mr. Darryl McDaniels, have been selfless and considerate; which has attracted many others to get involved. One of the most important contributions has been Camp Felix; where NYC children in need of families get to spend summer at camp. They dance, sing, play, compete, and laugh. Nelson Mandela said, "There is no keener revelation of a society's soul than how they treat their children". I would have to agree. Felix Organization's soul is beautiful!
My name is Mike and I am the guitar instructor at Camp Felix. I started as a counselor almost 10 years ago. Over the years, I have seen Camp Felix grow into a wonderful camp. Part of that growth has been the result of the many wonderful campers, staff, and guests that we have had over the years. Yet, none of it would be possible without the continued support of the Felix Organization. People ask me why I return to Camp Felix, and I simply tell them that it is my home away from home- a place with a unique culture, a brother/sisterhood, and an amazing atmosphere!
The Felix Organization does wonderful work to make a life-long difference for children without families. The founders understand how fortunate they were to be adopted and given a chance, and they seek to do everything they can to help as many children who were not so fortunate, to have the same opportunities. The children this organization has helped have grown into great contributors to society, and they are continuing to improve futures nationwide.
I served as Art Director of this fabulous camp for three summers. In the often oppressive heat of the summer, campers, counselors, and staff put their hearts and souls into ensuring joy in every moment of their week. The diversity of camp activities and experiences sets this camp apart.
For many, it is their first experience with nature in the country, unplugged and all. I watched with amusement as children encountered a dragonfly dodging their head. I observed children learning how to enjoy the stillness of the woods and write poetry in this setting. I saw the confidence beaming from their faces as they learned to swim. I saw the bonds created between peers and with their counselor role models in this safe and nurturing setting. For every Open House event, I watched children, with enthusiasm and pride, prepare their camp with banners and art for their "audience" to see.
Much hard work has been put into a vision of creating a culture in which children can experience summer life as a camper, and grow leaps and bounds to experience summer life as a leader and counselor for other children from similar backgrounds. This camp builds family and community values for children that might not be exposed to such essential knowledge otherwise.
I Have been privileged to attend Camp Felix open house. A lovely rural sleep away setting where magic happens. The commitment and compassion of administration and staff to these wonderful children is compelling. Further, I witnessed a true bond
and reciprocation of these young people. It is as if the light flashes to the on position and it is finally apparent that there are people who truly care. These kids need to grasp that concept to flourish and grow. The Felix Organization is making that a reality.
As a Social Service Coordinator I have had the privilege of collaborating with The Felix Organization on several projects over the past few years. The Felix Organization is committed to its mission to help fill the gaps for youth in foster care. They have little administrative cost and many volunteers to guarantee that the money that is raised goes to benefit the youth and children directly. I have seen them make magic for many kids lacking parental support, guidance or resources. Sheila and Darryl are personally involved. They put their heart and soul behind every opportunity and are strong advocates and amazing community partners. Thank you Felix for the many life skill building and self esteem boosting opportunities you made possible. Together we are changing the cycle of abuse and poverty!
It's been an honor to be alongside Darryl "DMC" MCDANIELS for the past 9 years as co-founder of FELIX. We watched our vision to improve the lives of cilcren in foster care turn into a reality....one that has reaped unbelievable results for so many youth. I couldn't ask for a better community of staff, volunteers and board membes who work tirelessly for our children. CAMP FELIX, our signature program, has served over 1,000 chidren providing them with a summer camp experience of a lifetime. The program continues to grow each year by leaps and bounds. We have seen campers come back year after year and now come back as counselors and in turn give back to the very population they are part of. It is indded gratifying beyond my wildest dreams and it proves that together we can plant the seed and grow the dream for these children. I hope that you will take a moment to learn about FELIX and all our programs by visiting our website www.thefelixorganization.org. Please support us in serving our next 1,000 children.
Felix Organization is wonderful to work with! Can't say enough about the hard-working people who make up the staff, they are some of the most dedicated professionals in the field. Felix Organization makes it possible to create real change in the lives of so many deserving children, the importance of their work cannot be overstated!
I see Camp Felix as an oasis of love, caring, understanding and support for children who,perhaps, have rarely experienced the joy of self-worth. Camp Felix is one of life's miracles.
The Felix Organization has been sending children in foster care to summer camp for 9 years! After this summer they have changed over 1,000 lives. 1,001 including mine. Since 2006 Felix has expanded from New York to Los Angeles. In addition They have created a Counselor in Training program, as well as Beyond Camp where children who are aging out of foster care can continue to grow.
I started as a volunteer at Camp Felix 2013. Needless to say I fell in love. Now, as an Administrative Assistant I am surrounded by a team of individuals who truly love this cause. From the board to the counselors the Felix Family makes it their mission to make these kids lives better, its inspiring.
This is not a Great Nonprofit. It is an AMAZING Nonprofit.
I have worked with this special grass roots organization for most of it's eight years. Starting with the passion of its co-founders up to the volunteers and social workers who tirelessly give their time and energy to children in foster care, this charity is a game changer for this population of children. Felix started with a summer camp in upstate New York and to date, has a Camp Felix West in LA and a Beyond Camp program that provides scholarships and financial support all year round. Felix wants to help as many boys and girls as possible make their dreams come true. At it's very first fundraiser. Felix gave out seeds and over the years those symbolic seeds now have faces. We interact year after year with these children and watch them blossom into positive people who want to make a difference in this world.
The Felix Organization has been sending children in foster care to summer camp since its inception in 2006. The weeks these children spend at camp are filled with positive experiences in a safe and enriching environment. Campers get to try new activities, make new friends, learn to live independently, gain an appreciation for the natural world and build self confidence, all of which serves them for the rest of their lives. Children in foster care don't tend to have access to summer camp experiences, which is why The Felix Organization is so vitally important for so many youth. To date, nearly 1,000 children from the five boroughs of New York City have attended Camp Felix in Putnam Valley, NY. The Felix Organization continues to grow, piloting a camp in Los Angeles and providing year-round enrichment to children in foster care. This organization seeks partners to help support its mission to improve the outcomes for youth in foster care.