At JPG Photography, we treasure the opportunity to work with non-profit organizations. One of our favorites of all time would have to be Urban Promise, a dedicated group, located in Camden, New Jersey, whose mission is “to equip Camden children and young adults with the skills necessary for academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth, and leadership.”
Let me tell you, these peeps are INCREDIBLE. We first got to know Urban Promise through Bec’s relationships at Eastern University and my reporting job at the Courier-Post, when I covered Camden City Schools. In a city where crime and poverty seems to rule, Urban Promise provides another story, another array of possibilities for kids.
It started as an after-school program for students, and now includes a community center, two schools, a summer camp, an outreach program, job training, and countless other opportunities for the youth of Camden. They’ve expanded their mission across the country and the world over the past 25 years, so it was very exciting to be a part of their 25th anniversary fundraiser.
And these guys know how to celebrate! Diane Sawyer, anchor of ABC World News, was their main speaker. She had covered a special on UP when she was on 20/20, highlighting the dangers of Camden and the safe haven of UP’s programs. She gave them a huge boost in publicity when the program aired, and she still supports it today. We grabbed a great photo when she was walking through the parking lot with two of the boys, arm in arm (like two studs!), and it was featured on national news.
During the fundraiser, awards were handed out that featured photos that we took of the children. People like Tony Campolo, Denise Morrison of the Campbell Soup company, and other incredible individuals were showcased for their generosity and care for the program. All in all, the banquet proved to be a great success, with nearly a thousand people in attendance.
We were honored and humbled to be a part of this for the last two years for them. We believe using our photojournalistic skills are an asset to shedding the light on this phenomenal non-profit work, and also help to celebrate the good times. If you are a part of a non-profit organization, or if you know of one who would like to use our services, please contact us at www.JPGCares.com.
Ashley and Joe G.