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New York Life Foundation Grants $1 Million To Comfort Zone Camp

NEW YORK, July 10, 2013 — Comfort Zone Camp (CZC), a bereavement camp for grieving youth age seven to 17, announced a two-year, $1,000,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation to help CZC continue to build organizationalcapacity and support the development and implementation of a new program model that will help increase the number of campers served.

“The New York Life Foundation has been a tremendous partner for more than six years – providing critical funding, hundreds of volunteers, and important research that has expanded the national dialogue on childhood bereavement. Their funding has allowed Comfort Zone to empower thousands of grieving children with the skills they need to manage their grief in healthy ways, and helped us build a much larger community of people who understand the unique needs of children in grief,” said Comfort Zone CEO Lloyd Osgood.

“We recognize the need is still great, with many more children who can benefit from a place where they can share in the healing process by comfortably communicating their stories with other kids who have also experienced the loss of a loved one,” said Chris Park, president of the New York Life Foundation.

Camps like Comfort Zone really help grieving children heal, according to the first-ever nationwide poll of bereaved youth released by the New York Life Foundation and the National Alliance for Grieving Children in 2012. Statistics show that 75 percent of bereaved kids value communication about their loss and feel this communication is lacking. Also, even though kids are resilient, they still need support. Many of the kids surveyed identified“talking with others who are also experiencing grief” as very helpful in their overall grief journey.

About Comfort Zone Camp
Comfort Zone Camp is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 bereavement camp that transforms the lives of children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver. The free camps include confidence building programs and age-based support groups that break the emotional isolation grief often brings. Comfort Zone Camps are offered to children ages 7-17, and are held year-round across the country. CZC has offices in California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Virginia. For more information, visit www.comfortzonecamp.org.

About The New York Life Foundation Inspired by New York Life′s tradition of service and humanity, the New York Life Foundation has, since its founding in 1979, provided more than $168 million in charitable contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations. Through its focus on “Nurturing the Children,” the Foundation supports programs that benefit young people, particularly in the areas of educational enhancement and childhood bereavement. The Foundation also encourages and facilitates the community involvement of employees, agents, and retirees of New York Life through its Volunteers for Good program. To learn more, please visit www.newyorklifefoundation.org.

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