Captain Jana Lemenu is is full recruitment mode. I heard last week from Marketing’s assistant manager that she’s once again creating a Holman canoe squad for this year’s Paddle for Promise. The event is a 58-mile paddling trip down the Delaware River from Trenton, NJ to Wilmington, DE. Paddle for Promise will include 50+ volunteer paddlers — including intrepid Holman employees — making the trip on six 45-foot OC6 outrigger canoes over two days. Urban Promise founders Bruce Main and Jim Cummings will be joined by the executive directors from U.P. Wilmington and U.P. Trenton to paddle alongside volunteers and staff to raise funds. This will be Holman’s fifth year participating in the event — fueled principally by ARI — and Jana says these teams have raised between $8-12K each year for the summer street leaders program.
For those of you who are either from outside the area or who have been living in a cave, here’s the low-down on Urban Promise: This great organization equips Camden kids with academic, spiritual, and leadership skills; its tools are after-school programs, summer camps, two schools, experiential learning, job training, and a host of other programs.
UrbanPromise will provide all logistical support and transport of paddlers to and from the launching and take-out sites. Thinking you might want to paddle? Here are the baselines: you must be comfortable on the water, be able to swim well (good idea!), paddle in hour-long shifts with no breaks and at a moderate-to-quick pace, and be able to climb in and out of the boats when switching paddlers. Can’t meet those lofty standards? No problem — you can still donate! Contact Jana for details on donating to her team — PLUS there will be information forthcoming on raffle events to support the Holman 8.