Volunteers will canoe 50 miles down the Delaware River to raise money for teen summer jobs in Camden

UrbanPromise will host its third annual “Paddle for Promise” event, a 50-mile canoeing trip down the Delaware River, from Trenton, N.J., to Wilmington, Del., July 7-8, with the goal to raise $80,000 to help fund summer jobs for teens in Camden.  The Camden-based youth development organization will partner with its sister organizations, UrbanPromise Trenton and UrbanPromise Wilmington, to host this event that will benefit programs in all three cities – and potentially impact nearly 1,000 children in the Delaware Valley this summer.

Local corporations, churches, individuals and UrbanPromise staff and youth will paddle to raise money to fund summer jobs for teens that work at UrbanPromise’s after-school programs and summer camps. Teens are employed through UrbanPromise’s StreetLeader Program, which is one of most impactful programs offered.

The fifty volunteer paddlers will make the trip on 45-foot outrigger canoes over the course of the two days.  Volunteers from the Philadelphia Dragon Boat Association, Philadelphia Police Boat Team, Philadelphia Outrigger Canoe Club, East Coast Outrigger Racing Association, Sea Tow Services International and Nyack River Rowing Association will participate alongside UrbanPromise volunteers and staff, including UrbanPromise President and Founder Bruce Main, and Camden Executive Director Jodina Hicks.

“We’re looking forward to paddling 50 miles to raise funds to employ 104 teens in Camden this summer as camp counselors,” Dr. Main said.  “Jobs are critical for our teens, especially in a city with few employment opportunities for young people.  We’re also pleased to be working with our affiliates in Trenton and Wilmington to help support their summer programs, which are offered at no cost to children living in some of our toughest neighborhoods.”

Paddlers will cover the first 28 miles from Trenton to Camden on Tuesday, July 7, and the remaining 24 miles from Camden to Wilmington on Wednesday, July 8.  A kick-off breakfast will be held in Trenton on July 1 at 6:00 a.m. to see the paddlers off; a halfway point reception will be held on the Camden waterfront as the boats pull in later that day around 12:00 p.m.; and a finish line celebration will be held in Wilmington on July 2 at 1:00 p.m.