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Mission of the Month

Each month, as part of our broader program of Missions, Peace Dale Congregational Church supports a local non-profit organization or program focused on addressing needs within the local community.

Camp Lilac

June 2024

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In support of Pride Celebration this month, and in recognition of the struggles of gender diverse youth, the Missions Board has chosen Camp Lilac to support in June.


Camp Lilac is a week-long, overnight summer camp in Ohio specifically for trans and gender diverse youth ages 13-17.  Campers come from many states, including Rhode Island. Trans youth often face stressful, unwelcoming, and even hostile environments in their day to day lives, and experience higher rates of depression, anxiety, and suicide. Since 2017, Camp Lilac has been creating a safe, welcoming, and confidential space in which gender diversity is the norm. Their program is designed so that campers emerge with an increased sense of confidence in their identities and a strong community of peers and supporters.


As a small nonprofit, Camp Lilac relies on camper tuition and donations to fund every aspect of camp, from space rental to food and activities. Camp Lilac provided more than $38,000 in need-based scholarships to 67 campers in 2023, and hopes that finances will never be a barrier to attendance, thanks to generous supporters.


The mission of Camp Lilac is to provide a safe, welcoming space for transgender and gender diverse youth to be themselves in a positive, supportive, youth-focused environment. “We believe our camp fills a crucial gap in their lives, setting them on a path to success.” Additional info on https://www.camplilac.org/

Thank you for your generosity,
The Missions Board
 

Peace Dale Congregational Church supports South County Habitat for Humanity as our Mission of the Month. You may donate funds by:

  1. Placing your gift in the Missions basket during Sunday service,

  2. Sending a check to the church office @ 261 Columbia Street, Peace Dale, RI 02879 (checks should be made out to PDCC with “Camp Lilac” in the memo line), or

  3. Clicking the Give now button on this page to donate online (peacedalechurch.org/ways-to-give).


Thank you,
The Missions Board 

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