Estes Valley Investment in Childhood Success (EVICS) recently received a generous year-end gift of $10,000 from Estes Park residents Peggy and John Lynch. Peggy is broker/owner of RE/MAX Mountain Brokers, and John is an accomplished woodworker and manages the couple’s commercial properties.
“Peggy and John have been faithful and generous donors to our program since 2010, because they truly recognize the need for quality early childhood services and support to parents in our community,” said EVICS director, Nancy Almond. We cannot thank them enough for the difference we are able to make as a result of their gift.”
When asked about what motivates them to give, Peggy explained: “Because we remember when we were raising our sons, and trying to build two businesses, in a resort community. We were young and just starting out, and our budget was on a short shoestring. Like many families in Estes Park, we had a hard time finding child care and a harder time paying for it. Those hard times are deeply implanted memories, and this is just a way we can give back and make a difference for others, particularly children.”
EVICS board president, Lesta Johnson was ecstatic about the donation.
“As a Board, we appreciate the commitment that Peggy and John have shown to the young families of Estes Park. Their generous gift allows EVICS to continue to develop and provide resources that help make it possible for parents to raise young children in our community,” said Johnson.
Peggy and John’s significant gift arrived at the end of an 18-month freeze on county funded childcare assistance, which had resulted in added pressure on the EVICS Childcare Scholarship Program. The scholarship program is supported solely by grants and donations, and fills a critical gap created by lack of public funding. In 2014, EVICS distributed over $25,000 in childcare scholarships to local families. A portion of the Lynch’s gift will be designated to this fund, helping families access childcare and get the support they need. The availability of quality, consistent child care, means parents are better able to contribute to the local workforce.
EVICS base operations are supported by a community service grant from the Town of Estes Park.
“Town funding is critical to our basic operating costs, but we depend on gifts, grants and donations to run programs that impact people. In addition to the scholarship program, a portion of the Lynch’s donation will also go to support Parents as Teachers, our parent education and support program, and some will be invested into the Estes Park Child Care Endowment Fund to support long term sustainability of our program,” said Almond,
The endowment fund is a wise way to invest in the future of quality early care and education in Estes Park, and EVICS encourages other donors to consider making a contribution. EVICS is a 501c3 charitable organization and all donations are eligible for state and federal income tax deductions, as well as the Colorado Childcare Tax Credit.
“Peggy and John have given generously to our program over the last four years, and their continued support demonstrates their belief in the importance of investing in the early years. Investing in early childhood saves communities money down the road,” said Almond. “Their donation will help us do so much more to retain young families in our community and provide them with the support they need to be successful. Peggy and John are true ‘champions of children’ in our community and we cannot begin to thank them enough.”
EVICS is a 501c3, non-profit community service agency that works to support and promote quality early childhood care and education in Estes Valley. Started in 2006, EVICS offers free child care referrals to parents, parent education services, training and support to licensed childcare providers and teachers, and a childcare scholarship assistance program. Contact the EVICS Office for more information: 970-586-3055; firstname.lastname@example.org. All donations to the program are greatly appreciated and can be sent to: EVICS, PO Box 3373, Estes Park, CO 80517.