EVICS Receives Major Year-End Gift From Peggy & John Lynch
Estes Valley Investment in Childhood Success (EVICS) recently received a generous $10, 000 Christmas gift from Estes Park residents Peggy and John Lynch. The Lynch’s presented their gift to Nancy Almond, EVICS Director and explained that they wanted their donation to help children and families here in Estes Park. “The community has been very good to us and we wanted to give back in a way that will make a difference for others, and particularly children.” stated Peggy Lynch, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Mountain Brokers. “We know families have struggled this year, and this is one way that we can help out.”
Upon hearing about the donation, EVICS Board President Lesta Johnson stated: “Words can hardly express our thanks to Peggy and John for this significant gift. This investment will go a long way in helping EVICS provide services to families and young children.”
Peggy and John’s generous gift could not have come at a better time for EVICS. Many working families have been affected by the flood, putting added pressure on the EVICS Childcare Scholarship Program. Additional financial resources will help families access childcare and get the support they need. The scholarship program is supported solely by grants and donations, and a portion of the Lynch’s gift will be designated to this fund. When families have access to quality, consistent child care, 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. EVICS Director Nancy Almond explains: “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.” 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.
Almond remarks, “Peggy and John have given generously to our program in the past, and their continued support demonstrates their belief in the importance of investing in the early years. Investing in early childhood services and resources saves communities money down the road. This significant 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 truly ‘get it’ and we can’t thank them enough for their support.”
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.