Everybody Solar helps New York YMCA summer camp secure funding for solar project

YMCA Camp Cory, a summer camp for children and families on Keuka Lake since 1921, unveils a new solar panel to reduce operating costs, which will help support financial aid. Camp Cory joins two other YMCAs to go solar this month — the Torrance-South Bay YMCA in Torrance, California, and the Wilson-Gray YMCA in Hartford, Connecticut.

This latest solar panel comes at the right time as Camp Cory recently communicated its centennial master plan, which includes refurbishment and expansion of its current facilities to serve future generations.

“The money saved from installing the solar panel allows us to provide more experiences for campers and youth in our community,” said Pat Foster, executive director of YMCA Camp Cory, a branch of the Greater Rochester YMCA. “We want to be able to reach as many children as possible from all backgrounds and provide them with an enriching experience. Collaborations like these play a crucial role in this.”

Camp Cory partnered with Everybody Solar, an organization dedicated to providing solar energy to non-profit organizations. Through fundraising, grant writing and other partnerships, Everybody Solar Camp Cory was able to provide a 31.93 kW solar panel for free. Installed by Paradise Energy Solutions of Geneva, this system is expected to save approximately $3,950 from Camp Cory in its first year alone.

“The impact of this project is far-reaching,” said Myriam Scally, director of operations and development at Everybody Solar. “We hope this solar panel will help Camp Cory re-invest in their youth and remove financial barriers for more families to access summer camp.”

In addition to Everybody Solar, many individual donors and foundations have played an important role in funding this project, including:

  • All Points North Foundation
  • Gumerlock Foundation
  • JM McDonald Foundation
  • Enphase
  • Foundation beyond relief
  • RELiON battery
  • citizen watch
  • Individual donors
  • New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
  • Paradise Energy Solutions

“All Points North Foundation is well aware of the impact COVID-19 has had on non-profit organizations and is delighted to have been able to fund Everybody Solar, enabling ongoing operations and the completion of a solar installation at Camp Cory, which will serve thousands of serving children have become possible. and teens per year,” said Laura Staich, executive director of the All Points North Foundation.

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