Newark, DE - The Newark Area Welfare Committee (NAWC) recently approved a donation to the City of Newark Parks and Recreation Department in the amount of $2,000 to assist in supporting the Fee Assistance program. The program is available on a limited basis for qualifying individuals, both youth and adults, and is primarily funded through the Federal Community Development Block Grant. Last year, 20 families applied and received assistance.
"The City of Newark is committed to providing recreational opportunities to everyone regardless of their economic circumstances," said city manager Carol Houck. "We are grateful for the support of community organizations like the Newark Area Welfare Committee to ensure we fulfill that commitment."
In addition to the Fee Assistance program, the City also administers the James Hall Scholarship program. Named after long-time Parks and Recreation Department director James F. Hall, the fund provides tuition assistance to youth who would otherwise be unable to participate in camps and programs. Last year, 14 families qualified to receive tuition assistance.
Families who wish to apply for either the James Hall Scholarship program or the Fee Assistance program should contact the Parks and Recreation Department. Eligibility is based on the desired program and the applicant's household income, and all inquiries and application materials are kept strictly confidential. Families who qualify are eligible to receive 20%, 50% or 70% of assistance towards the total program or camp fee. The NAWC, an all-volunteer organization, in cooperation with community partners, is committed to helping Newark area families in crisis regain balance by providing them the necessities of life. They serve the community in a variety of ways, including the Emergency Assistance Program, Food Cupboard, Holiday Food Boxes, and Shoes for In-Need Children Programs. More information is available online: http://www.newarkareawelfare.org/. For more information on the recreation programs and camps available through the City of Newark, please call the Parks and Recreation office at (302) 366-7000 or go online to www.newarkde.gov.