SML Good Neighbors

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Year Founded:
Local Leader / Exec. Director:
Lisa Lietz, Executive Director
Main Address:
P.O. Box 2
Moneta, VA 24121

What We Do

We develop good neighbors' skills and values in children through programs that nourish, educate and support them while providing life-changing experiences for college students through internships.

The vision for SML Good Neighbors emerged in 2006 from conversations about hunger among members of several local church congregations around Smith Mountain Lake. The church members quickly determined that many elementary school children in the area live in families with limited resources. During the school year, these children receive free or reduced cost lunches, but these meals are not available when school is out for the summer. Their parents typically cannot afford to pay for summer enrichments (such as trips to museums, or for educational camps) and many thus suffer the “summer slide”—the significant loss of reading and math skills over the summer. Begun in 2006 as a sack lunch and weekend food bag program for students in several area schools, SML Good Neighbors grew the following year into a summer day camp program that addresses elementary school students’ educational and nutritional needs.

Carefully selected college interns from across the country and the world are the classroom teachers for Summer Enrichment Camps. Many of them are Bonner Scholars who are committed to community service. All foster a love for learning and healthy living through example and mentorship with the campers.

SML Good Neighbors now offers several programs, reaching children from 1st through 12th grade through after-school activities and summer day camps in rural communities around our offices and house in Bedford County. Each Friday of camp, campers also receive weekend food bags and free books to keep.

Interesting Info

All SML Good Neighbors' programs are offered at no cost to children's families.
Since 2008, more than 1,000 students in Bedford County have benefited from SML Good Neighbors' Summer Enrichment Camps.
We offered in-person Summer Enrichment Camps in Franklin and Bedford Counties in 2021, and will do so again in 2022!

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Volunteer Opportunities

The Moving Company
Thursday, May 26th, 2022
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Reading Buddy in Summer Enrichment Camp in Franklin County
Repeats every day on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday until Thu Jun 23 2022 except on Mon May 30 2022, Fri Jun 03 2022, Fri Jun 10 2022, and Fri Jun 17 2022.
Tuesday, May 31st, 2022
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The Moving Company
Thursday, June 23rd, 2022
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Reading Buddy in Summer Enrichment Camp in Bedford County
Repeats every day on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday until Thu Jul 21 2022 except on Fri Jul 01 2022, Mon Jul 04 2022, and Fri Jul 15 2022.
Monday, June 27th, 2022
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The Moving Company
Friday, July 22nd, 2022
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