The Maker Mart Summer Camp makes futures brighter for all of Roanoke

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Making Foundation is a non-profit organization offering supplemental education during the school year — as well as summer camps for children ages 6-14 — with a mission of helping people find a way to navigate through poverty by teaching life skills and preparing them for a better future.

“Harvard did a study, I don’t know, you know, six or seven years ago, that Roanoke was at probably top 10 on if people are born into poverty [that] they tend to stay there, and that wigged us out. That was like, ‘how do we change that’ [by] giving skills to folks so that they can find a way to make a living wage.”

Mary Bruce Clemons – Programs and Development Manager – The Making Foundation

The enrollment fees at Maker Mart Summer Camp act as a fundraiser for their school year programming, which focuses on helping Roanoke’s poverty-stricken community get focused, hands-on learning to better prepare them for a future out of poverty.

“The plan was to have them every single week this summer, our summer camps are fundraisers for supplements throughout the school year for our programming.”

Mary Bruce Clemons – Programs and Development Manager – The Making Foundation

The COVID-19 pandemic has made things difficult for the team of educators at Maker Mart to get back on track, but they’re ready to take on any challenge to help the community.

“How can they find a living wage? How can they navigate out of poverty? How can they do any of these things without learning spatially? …It doesn’t sound bananas, I’m not even going to diminish it. If you need something fixed, you’ve gotta fix it.”

Mary Bruce Clemons – Programs and Development Manager – The Making Foundation

If you would like to donate to The Making Foundation and their cause of helping people get out of poverty in the Roanoke area, you can do so by clicking here.

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