Welcome Venture Friends & Family!

Pond Twinning

Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Pond of the 200,000 Twinning Project

Since 1997, a pond at Venture Center in Sparkill has served as a reminder that Jews were not alone as the victims of the hatred and inhumanity of the Holocaust. In a moment celebrated by people of all faiths, Camp Venture’s “Memorial Pond of the 200,000” was dedicated to the memory of individuals with developmental and other disabilities who were killed at the order of a madman who reviled them as “useless eaters.” Today, nearly two decades later, time and harsh weather has left Venture’s pond in need of a face-lift and an upgrade to elevate it as a proper memorial and better meet the needs of the developmentally disabled consumers served by Venture Center.  To accomplish that end – and to further connect two groups of tormented souls lost to the forces of hatred and bigotry – Camp Venture in October will twin its pond with the Memorial Ash Pond at Auschwitz-Berkenau, where the ashes of murdered Jews still rise to the surface in a symbolic cry across the decades  whenever the pond’s surface is disturbed.

Venture’s pond needs restoration and improvements – creation of a walking path; benches and landscaping to offer settings for meditation; repair or replacement of a boat dock and fishing pier; artwork that needs a face-lift after decades of weathering; unveiling of a memorial stone matching those at the Auschwitz pond to connect two locations with a shared dark past far into a bright, hopeful future.  We welcome donations large and small from simple gifts of $18 – symbolized by the Hebrew word Chai, or life – to those that carry naming opportunities for portions of the Venture Pond Twinning project.  With the goal accomplished, in October – 70 years after the Holocaust – we will stand together in a world still scared by intolerance to proclaim, once and for all, “never again.”


Welcome to the Venture Foundation website!

We are extremely inspired by the generosity and friendship of so many people who give their support to the Venture Foundation and the fact that they come from all walks of life.  It would seem that they all share one thing in common, a deep appreciation for the important work done by Camp Venture in caring for Rockland County’s intellectually disabled and mentally challenged population.

Throughout the year generous contributions are received regularly from families and relatives of Venture’s residents, and from those who have their special person in one of Venture’s excellent day programs, or its evening and weekend recreation/ respite programs.  

Moreover, so many individuals in our neighborhoods and communities, our local corporations and businesses, national companies, and family foundations have chosen Venture as their favorite charitable organization and continue to make their annual donations to the Venture Foundation.  Gifts range in size from $10 to $10,000 and much more, so that in return, the Foundation is able to support Camp Venture’s array of vital programs and services.

Almost 100% of our folks here receive Medicare or Medicaid. Unfortunately, government reimbursements are not always adequate in meeting the actual costs of providing the top-notch, quality of care that Venture aspires to provide for our people.  Fortunately, your charitable contributions help offset the shortfalls. They pay for the extras such as running the Summer Camp, the Therapeutic Equestrian Center, our Creative Arts and Recreation programs where the newest in technology and treatment offers enjoyment and enrichment to each person.

While you’re here visiting our website, we hope that what you see will inspire you to give, or if you are already one of our generous givers, to increase you donations to the Foundation however you are able.  

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your loyalty and compassion toward those who need our help.   We appreciate you!   

Yours in Spirit,

The Venture Family

Upcoming Events

The Twinning of Camp Venture’s Memorial Pond of the 200,000
Mrs. Matilda Cuomo, Honorary Chairperson
October 2, 2014 - 10:00am

Camp Venture's Family Day
October 19, 2014 - 11:30am-2:00pm

9th Annual Rockland County Autism Symposium
Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 8:00am-3:00pm

In Celebration of Women for Venture
Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 7:30pm - 10:30pm

Of Special Note

USE&G - Venture Partnership Donation match Program
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