FAIRFIELD, IOWA (May 3, 2021) In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of its charter, the Fairfield Lions Club is making a $10,000 supporting contribution to the Jefferson County Kids Early Childhood Learning Center.
The Fairfield Lions Club was founded by Dr. J.S. Gaumer and several interested individuals on May 5, 1921 to embody the Lions’ motto, “We Serve”, in Fairfield. The current Club President, Dorian Atwood, said, “We are here because we want Fairfield to be a better place for all of us to live.”
The club annually fundraises and donates approximately $20,000 to groups, organizations, and activities in the local community, and it regularly supports the Fairfield High School Activities Fund and the Fairfield Come to Supper event. It puts a high priority on children and especially their eyesight through its Kids Sight Program that screens preschoolers and send images to the University of Iowa Medical School, Department o Ophthalmology, for early diagnosis of vision problems. The Club also assists the Iowa Lions Eye Bank for cornea transplants and the Iowa Lions Sight Conservation Foundation.
“We thank the Fairfield Lions Club for its partnership. This generous donation and investment will serve the Fairfield area for years to come,” said Terri Kness, Jefferson County Kids, Board Member.
(FAIRFIELD, IOWA) MidWestOne Bank in Fairfield and the MidWestOne Foundation have raised the bar and pledged $25,000 to the Jefferson County Kids Child Care Center.
Ron Haines, Fairfield Branch MidWestOne Bank, Market President, announced, “Giving is not just about making a donation, it is about making a difference. As a community bank, we know the importance of making a difference in the communities we are in. The Jefferson County Kids Early Childhood Learning Center is a key community project that is needed in our growing community. MidWestOne Bank is proud to be making a difference and partnering with this project.”
The Jefferson County Kids Board of Directors is actively fundraising for their $3.5M Capital Campaign to add a 188 space child care center to Fairfield, Iowa.
Terri Kness, Jefferson County Kids, Board Member, “We are thankful to our local MidWestOne branch and the MidWestOne Foundation for supporting the fundraising efforts of the Jefferson County Kids child care facility. We are hoping to reach our fundraising goal very soon.”
Back row left-to-right: Joshua Laraby (FEDA), John Morrissey GJCF (Ex-Officio Legal Counsel), Jessica Jones (GJCF Board Member), Joan Fulton (GJCF Board Member), Frank Redeker (GJCF Vice President & Operational Grant Chair, Bryan Hunger (Jeff Co Kids)
Front row left-to-right: Ashley Manning (GJCF Capital Grant Chair & Executive Secretary), Terri Kness (Jeff Co Kids)m Kara Waugh (GJCF President), Kate Van Pelt (Jeff Co Kids) Peggy Mottet (GJCF Board Member), Tammy Dunbar (GJCF Past Vice President and Grant Committee Chair)
(FAIRFIELD, IOWA) The Greater Jefferson County Foundation (GJCF) has awarded a $250,000 grant to Jefferson County Kids, Inc. (JCK) for its new child care center. The grant has been pledged over a five-year period. The grant, along with additional recent pledges, brings the capital campaign to $3 million of its $3.5 million goal.
Kara Waugh, GJCF President, said, “Supporting the new daycare fits within our mission of funding projects that will benefit people throughout Jefferson County. Our area needs more childcare spots and it is a need felt not only by families, but also employers throughout the region. Investing in this new daycare facility will impact economic development and improve the quality of life throughout our county. We are proud to be involved!”
The 14,000 square foot new construction child care center will boast 188 new child care spaces and will be located on a 3.5-acre site, just west of the Jefferson County Health Center, at 2094 Libertyville Road.
Ashley Manning, GJCF Board Member, affirmed, “As a mother with young children, I understand the great need we have for a daycare center in Jefferson County! Having quality and reliable care for children is incredibly important for working parents. Currently, our community has quite a shortage in daycare providers. As a GJCF board member, I am ecstatic that we are able to help fund this very worthwhile endeavor!”
The Jefferson County Kids Board of Directors are awaiting final design approval of the center and aiming for a fall 2020 construction start, with an opening of the center summer of 2021.
Bryan Hunger, Jefferson County Kids President, agreed, “This is a monumental pledge to the capital campaign, and we’re incredibly grateful that the GJCF Board mutually sees the impact this will have for Jefferson County. This raises the capital campaign to a pivotal mark of $3 million of the $3.5 million goal. It’s imperative we raise the remaining $500,000 by the end of 2020, to guarantee the sustainability and success of the project.”
The Jefferson County Kids child care center project continues to receive state and national attention for its public-private partnership model, partnering with economic development, Early Childhood Iowa, businesses individuals, and state and federal government. For more information on the initiative, visit www.growfairfield.com/childcare
The mission of the Foundation is: “The Greater Jefferson County Foundation receives, accepts, and distributes funds for educational, cultural, civic and charitable purposes for the benefit of the greater community of Jefferson County, Iowa.” The Foundation was established in 1975 and has had significant growth over the recent years with this type of bequest and being the counties conduit to the Iowa Non-Gaming Community distribution from the State of Iowa. For more information, visit the Foundation’s website at www.greaterjeffersoncountyfoundation.org.
Greater Jefferson County Foundation
Joshua Laraby, Executive Director
Fairfield Economic Development Association
Capital Campaign Contact
Joshua Laraby, Executive Director
Fairfield Economic Development Association
From left to right. Todd Reifsteck, Mark Franke, Kathy Thornton, Kate Van Pelt, Teri Bockting, Tammy Wetjen-Kesterson, Joshua Laraby, Jaime Thomas, and Greg Hanshaw
*Press Release courtesy of C1st Credit Union
OTTUMWA, IA – The C1st Foundation awarded $25,000 in September to the Jefferson Co. Kids Early Childhood Learning Center in Fairfield, Iowa.
The Jefferson County Kids Early Childhood Learning Center donation will help with the capital campaign to build a new facility to accommodate the need for additional childcare spaces and resources in the Fairfield community.
“We understand and fully support the impact this new Early Childhood Learning Center will have in Fairfield and Jefferson County.” says Greg Hanshaw, CEO of Community 1st Credit Union, “Partnering with local organizations to promote community betterment is really what our credit union philosophy of “People Helping People” is all about. We look forward to watching this project unfold soon.”
C1st grant-funded project awards are made possible through the C1st Credit Union Impact Giving Fund of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.
Community 1st Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative with more than $800 million in assets. The credit union, established in 1936, serves more than 61,000 members.
C1st has more than 230 employees and is headquartered in Ottumwa. The credit union has branches in Albia, Bloomfield, Cedar Rapids, Centerville, Chariton, Fairfield, Grinnell, Indianola, Knoxville, Mount Pleasant, Oskaloosa, Ottumwa, Pella and Washington. With an additional branch scheduled to open in Osceola, IA in summer of 2021.
For more information, call 866.360.5370 or visit c1stcu.com.
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