Operation Summer Exposure Reloaded

Hello, my name is River Jesse Lewis. I am a rising Senior Sociology major, Psychology minor at Morehouse College in Atlanta Georgia. Morehouse College is located in the West End, a low-income area in Southwest Atlanta. Comparatively speaking, the West End is one of the most economically challenged communities in the state of Georgia. I plan to target Atlanta as well as two communities located in the Kannapolis, Salisbury area that suffer from this same problem. In lieu of this I plan to bring 12 boys this year versus the seven that came last year. The ages will range from 10 to 15 years old. They will attend a week long summer program at Camp John J Barnhardt in New London, North Carolina. The camp will be designed to spark their interest in constructive activities they may have never gotten a chance to experience, such as fishing, kayaking, archery, rifle shooting, motorboating, paddle boarding etc. This project is particularly important to me because, coming from a single-parent household, I wasn’t afforded many opportunities. One summer, I was blessed by an anonymous individual with a trip to summer camp, and have since become a lifelong lover of the experience. I began working there at 14 and a half, and have yet to miss a summer of mentoring, leadership, and most importantly, fun! I am a firm believer in doing anything you can to improve the lives of others, and this project is just one of the many ways I plan on doing this. The camp is from July 16th-21st, so my goal is to have met my financial goal by July 15th, 2017.


Words can't describe how thankful I am knowing the type of impact this will make on these young men's lives! And being able to do this project again literally fills my heart with joy because these boys are truly benefiting from this summer camp.  The passion I have for mentoring and this camp extends far past my lifetime and I am truly blessed to have the amazing family and support system in my corner especially when taking on tasks like this,  simply humbled to have the opportunity to even be able to do this project again. It takes a village to raise a son , so be my village!

Thank you tremendously!


Here are some pictures and links to articles written about the project last year and Information regarding the money

independenttribune- Morehouse Student Raises Money for Youth

John Stogner- What do professors do all summer

The 4,000 will cover

• renting of the bus from Atlanta and back (Boys & volunteers)
•The renting of the camp and designated camping areas.
• Food, water, gatorade and snacks for the campsite
•Renting of watercraft(s)
•First Aid Kit(s)
•Camping Equipment( Separate Expense )
Gas (travel fare )
Camp expenses (Per child)
Operation Summer Exposure T-shirts (50)

 Gofundme takes 5 percent of every donation that is made so if you would like to mail a check or cashapp me that will would as well. 

the checks should be made out to 

River Lewis Operation Summer Exposure 
P.O Box 1044, Salisbury, NC 28145
C/O Hope4U Foundation 

Cash app : Rio_smoov

As soon as I get them I will update this page daily!  

I want to end this with something my grandmother always tells me. She said " if you put positivity into the universe then it will be returned to you ten times the amount "  So please find in your heart to invest in me because you are investing in a more positive future for our community.

Thank you for putting your faith in me !


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  • The Corella & Bertram F. Bonner Foundation
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    • $200 
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    • $5 
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    • $20 (Offline)
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    • $145 
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River J. Lewis
Atlanta, GA

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