A red balloon on your mailbox in May can mean one thing: a local child whose family otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford it will have their best summer ever with the chance to attend summer camp.   For 24 years, OPUS for Person-to-Person has raised vital funds to give children enriching summer experiences while their parents are able to continue working to put food on the table and a roof over their heads.

But this year, everything is different.

Many are no longer working, and with COVID-19 protocols in place, it’s unclear to what extent camps will be able to operate.  One thing is clear, the families of the 400 children who would have participated in P2P’s Campership program need our help now more than ever.  With your help, we can send as many children to camp as possible and still provide them with healthy food to keep growing, strong financial assistance to keep them safely housed, and help offset bills during this critical time. This year we are launching Balloons for Families!

Thanks to the generosity of four local families, every dollar you donate will be matched up to $100,000. Make your donation go further by starting your own fundraiser – “#FloatitForward” and help us support vulnerable families in our community.

When you make a donation, you will receive a “virtual” balloon.  Print it, decorate it and hang in your window on June 13th. Take a photo and share it with us at #ThisRedBalloon. When you support OPUS for Person-to-Person’s Balloons for Families day, you are helping families in our area who rely on P2P each year to help meet their essential needs and provide a pathway to economic security! Thank you!


Make your gift at give.p2phelps.org/OPUSBalloons