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Center Stage Giving Back: Thank you Estes Park! Center Stage School of Dance & Gymnastics Estes Park, would like to sincerely thank everyone who donated canned food items on behalf of Crossroads Ministry. In all, 175 pounds of food was collected at the Center Stage Gala Recital over Mother’s Day weekend at the Estes Park Center YMCA of the Rockies! Crossroads Ministry of Estes Park is a Christian service agency helping Estes Valley residents in need and Center Stage is happy to be able to help this organization with their mission. Here is a picture of Center Stage Director, Ms. Courtney, next to just part of the collected non-perishable food items that were generously donated by audience members and dancers’ families at our show. Thank you, Estes Park, for helping us, help Crossroads Ministry!

EVICS Receives Grant Support For Family Resource Center Estes Valley Investment in Childhood Success (EVICS) has received grants from two significant Colorado funders to help support the expansion of services as a Family Resource Center. On April 17, EVICS Director Nancy Almond was notified of a $10K grant award from the AV Hunter Trust, the first private foundation in the State of Colorado. The organization funds nonprofits organizations that provide critical services throughout the state. The grant was awarded for general operating expenses, and will be used to help offset the costs of providing childcare scholarships and parent education for the EVICS Family Resource Center. EVICS Director, Nancy Almond, along with grant writer Sarah Pita, spend countless hours searching out funders whose mission aligns with EVICS and the unique needs of families and children in our community. Their outreach paid off last week when the organization was notified of a grant award from the Colorado Health Foundation. The award for $30K each year over the next three years is significant for the organization. Almond states: “We are thrilled that the Colorado Health Foundation has chosen to make a sizable investment in the health and well-being of children and families in our community. For nonprofits, sustainable funding is always a challenge. This support will allow us to invest in staffing and programs that will make a lasting impact on individuals

and families.” The funding will be directed to parent education, care giver support, and social-emotional supports for young children. On April 25, EVICS received official membership status with the Colorado Family Resource Center Association, a long-pursued dream of the organization. "As a Family Resource Center, our mission remains early childhood services and support, but we will be providing more comprehensive wrap-around services for families, connecting them to resources, and helping them succeed in our community,” said Almond. Membership in FRCA opens doors to EVICS for resources, training, networking with other communities, and future potential funding, all of which will benefit families in Estes Park. Almond explains, “We are pursuing all funding options to help us meet the increased need for childcare scholarships, provider training and expanded services, and parent education. We are so grateful for the support from these two funders, as well as the many local organizations and others who invest in the success of our community’s children and families.” EVICS invites community members to stop in anytime, learn about opportunities to be involved, and check out their new location at 1182 Graves Ave, Unit A. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Thurs, and 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Fridays. Contact EVICS staff at 970-586-3055 or office@evics.org.

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