In 1990, a group of concerned parents created a camping experience for their children diagnosed with cancer and their siblings called Camp Adventure. Camp Adventure now serves the East Cost and tri-state area remaining one of the only camps of its kind to serve child cancer patients and their siblings.
In 2013, a dedicated group of Camp Adventure volunteers began KiDS NEED MoRE (Motivational Recovery Environments, Inc.) a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, to parent the camp and ensure its longevity.
KiDS NEED MoRE believes that people and families coping with life-threatening illness and trauma deserve to do more than just survive and need opportunities to enjoy normal day-to-day activities. For 24 years, through the historic Camp Adventure program, volunteers have provided fun activities that foster peer relationships, independence and respite. The mantra is… fun heals!
KiDS NEED MoRE programs and activities are designed to reunite siblings and allow parents time for respite. The organization continues to host camping programs and retreats like Camp Adventure but also hosts community events and activities including Sweet 16s, plus mentoring and college preparation through More U.
Click here for a downloadable brochure. More information can also be found on their website at KidsNeedMore.org.
The Natural Heritage Trust (NHT) was established statutorily in 1968 as a public benefit corporation of the State of New York. The NHT is tax exempt pursuant to Section 170 (b) of the Internal Revenue Code and is a publically supported 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
The NHT's mission is to receive and administer gifts, grants and contributions to further public programs for parks, recreation, cultural, land and water conservation and historic preservation purposes of the State of New York. The NHT accomplishes its mission by accepting donations, raising funds, and through cooperative programs and projects with its agency partners: New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP), Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Department of State (DOS). The NHT also partners with a number of other public and private entities, not-for-profits and friends groups to secure and administer funding. The NHT is dedicated to building and sustaining relationships with organizations that share mission compatible goals and purposes.
The NHT ensures the safekeeping of funds held in trust and invests funds prudently and in a manner consistent with the underlying gift, grant, or project agreement. Private funding endowed through the NHT has supported a wide variety of cultural and recreational programs, capital projects and improvements, environmental and outdoor education, natural resource protection and restoration, and historic preservation throughout the State for over forty years.
The Islip Arts Council is dedicated to leadership, advocacy, and excellence in the arts. We present, produce, and promote culturally responsive, high quality programs in varied artistic disciplines for our diverse population. Our goal is to facilitate these programs in response to the needs of the Long Island community.
The Islip Arts Council was created in 1974 as an advisory body to the Town Board on cultural matters. In 1976, Lillian Barbash was named chairperson and the Islip Arts Council was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit arts organization. Mrs. Barbash is also the woman who first brought the NY Philharmonic to Heckscher State Park more than thirty-five years ago.