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CityTeam Ministries Receives $20,000 Grant

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
From time to time everybody needs a helping hand. For some, reaching out to those in need is not an obligation; it is a passionate endeavor. On March 4, 2008 the Sharks Foundation presented a check of $20,000 to CityTeam Ministries, a local non-profit that focuses on rehabilitation for the poor and insolvent.


The Sharks Foundations grant will support CityTeams Camp MayMac, a summer camp for youth from the some of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in Santa Clara County. At Camp MayMac, campers experience high energy activities, group discussions and one-on-one mentorships, all geared towards helping them make healthy life style choices.

"CityTeam has a long history of helping disadvantaged youth in our area through essential services and personal development opportunities. Camp MayMac is a critical piece in developing these young people into thriving leaders that will positively impact our community in the future and the Sharks Foundation is proud to support this cause. "said Sharks Foundation Manager Laura Johnston.

Camp MayMac began in the late thirties when May and Mac McLean, the founders, had a vision to reaching out to homeless boys in the Santa Clara Valley. Today, the camp provides a unique weeklong camping experience to 500+ campers annually, many who come from families that struggle just to put food on the table and keep the lights on.

"We at CityTeam appreciate the Sharks Foundation and their gift of $20,000 that will help send 67 needy children to a week to [Camp MayMac]. These are local San Jose kids that come from poverty situations and would never be able to attend summer camp if it wasnt for this gift. They will get to swim, hike, enjoy camp fires and lots more but some of the small things such as sleeping in their own bed, taking a hot shower and having three meals a day will be a huge encouragement to these kids," said Vernon Hills, Development Director for CityTeam Ministries.

CityTeam's services expand well beyond their Camp MayMac program. In fact, for more than 42 years, they has been addressing the problems of homelessness, drug addiction, poverty and at-risk youths. The caring staff at CityTeam, reaches out to those people in need and shows them there is hope in order to formulate an everlasting real change in their lives.

Homeless services include hot meals, safe shelter, showers, and clean clothing distribution. Additionally, live-in recovery programs are in place for those men and women that are on a road of destruction from drugs and alcohol. For families, the organization offer ESL and Literacy classes, Bags of Love food distribution, career counseling and monthly neighborhood events.

For those Sharks fans who may wish to get involved with CityTeam Ministries, there are several ways to assist:

For those Sharks fans who may wish to get involved with CityTeam Ministries, there are several ways to assist:

  • Become a volunteer! The following positions need to be filled: Receptionist, Clerical Helper, Finance, Marketing Helpers, Volunteer Coordinators, Maintenance Workers, Gardener/Landscapers, Drivers and/or Mechanics, Workbook Graders, Weekend Supervisor, Nurse, Medical Lab Technician Receptionist, Office & Admin Helper, Kitchen & Dining Room Helpers, Library Helpers, Bible Teacher/Mentor, Medical Assistants & Clerks, Safety and First Aid Instructors, Drivers Teachers and Assistants, Class Nannies, Day Care Worker, Crafts & Skills Teacher, Birthing Coaches, Baby Sitters, Donation Receiving & Processing Helper, Food Box Sort & Pack Helpers, Receptionist, and Truck Driver
  • Support the program financially. Donations are welcomed at any level from individuals, organizations, companies or foundations.

    For more information on CityTeam Ministries, to volunteer or make a donation, please visit http://www.cityteam.org/sanjose or call (408) 232-5600




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