Yes, it's been a very different year than ever before at Chanco on the James. While we had to postpone many beloved retreats and suspend Camp Chanco normal operations, we found ways to stay connected. Virtual campsite reunions, Chanco Pen Pals, taking the Chanco Challenge, and virtual induction into the Order of Chanco were just some of the ways we kept our campers connected to us and to each other. Chanco hosted many free events including an Advent Retreat led by Bishop Susan Haynes, a camp open house, and worship services on the bluff - all virtually. And be on the lookout for a worship service on the bluff with the Rev. Eileen Walsh to be released Christmas Eve! Food for the Soul, Fall Clergy Retreat, and Friendsgiving were able to be held in person with COVID safety protocols in place. We, like so many in this country, have found creative ways to stay connected with one another and nourish our spirits despite these difficult times.
Most importantly, we couldn't have done any of this without all of you. Our volunteers and donors proved their incredible support through their many gifts of time and treasure during this challenging year. The Campaign for Chanco has achieved 80% of its $4.4 million inspirational goal and our Annual Fund has received $123,423 in gifts helping to support our full-time staff and continued operations in a time of significantly reduced income. THANK YOU for making the difference!
We wish all our friends a safe and joyful Christmas with those you love and we extend wishes to each of you for a bright, happy and healthy new year! We look forward to seeing you back on the banks of the James in 2021.