The National T.T.T. Society is a nonprofit organization of women looking for new members in the West Valley interested in making a difference in the lives of deserving young girls by providing for them a one-week summer camp experience at no cost to their families.
For more than 100 years, T.T.T. members have been providing a summer camp experience for fourth-graders, a release stated.
Finding the girls who will benefit the most begins with the help of school counselors, teachers and community social workers who know the girls.
Goodyear chapters P&Q at PebbleCreek have worked with Barbara B. Robey Elementary in Litchfield Park, Michael Anderson School in Avondale and Heritage Elementary in Glendale; and Tucson chapter J works with the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona. Together, they send at least 20 girls to camp each year.
Providing a week at camp where the girls explore nature, expand creativity, build self-esteem and make new friends is only a part of what the chapters do. They also stay in touch with the girls after camp, plan events such as camper reunion dinners, pizza parties, picnics and ice cream socials, and buy Christmas gift cards.
This effort requires fundraising and accepting donations, the release stated. Chapter fundraisers include fashion shows, selling holiday poinsettias, Butter Braid pastry rolls and more.
“T.T.T. camp really was a special experience. I would liken it to what Cinderella felt when she met her fairy godmother,” one former camper stated. “It truly was a life-changing experience for me.”
Another stated that attending camp was “the best experience I have had and it meant so much to me. Thank you.”
Founded in 1911 in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, the National T.T.T. Society focuses on enriching the lives of young girls beginning with a summer camp experience. From the idea of six college-age women it has grown into a nonprofit organization spanning 10 states and the District of Columbia. The more than 3,000 members provide all-expenses-paid camp experiences for more than 400 girls each summer, the release stated.
Women interested in learning more about the benefits of T.T.T. membership or who would like to get information on establishing a chapter in their community can contact chapter organizers Cathi Hollis, 623-225-6635, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Claudia Clarkson at 563-249-2331, email@example.com.
Information about the society also can be found at www.nationaltttsociety.org.