MidWestOne Bank Partners on Child Care Center

Pictured left-to-right: Joshua Laraby, Teri Bockting, Kate Van Pelt, Ron Haines (MidwestOne Bank), Terri Kness, Todd Reifsteck

 

(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.”

Media Contact:

Ron Haines
641-472-6511

 

Greater Jefferson County Foundation Grants $250,000 to New Child Care Center

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 Foundations website at www.greaterjeffersoncountyfoundation.org.

Media Contacts
Greater Jefferson County Foundation
641-472-0758
gjcf0758@windstream.net

Joshua Laraby, Executive Director
Fairfield Economic Development Association
joshua.laraby@growfairfield.com
641-472-3436

Capital Campaign Contact
Joshua Laraby, Executive Director
Fairfield Economic Development Association
joshua.laraby@growfairfield.com
641-472-3436

 

 

 

C1st Foundation Awards $25,000 Grant to Jefferson Co Kids Early Childhood Learning Center

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.

For Immediate Release
Contact: Lindsey Gould,
Marketing Program Coordinator
Ph. 641.683.6451
lindseycg@c1stcreditunion.com

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Washington State Bank Boosts Child Care Center

Pictured (Left-to-right): Mike Greiner (Washington State Bank), Bryan Hunger (Jefferson County Kids) Brittany Gavin (Washington State Bank)  Joshua Laraby (Fairfield Economic Development Association) Kate Van Pelt (Jefferson County Kids)  Todd Reifsteck (Jefferson County Kids) 

(FAIRFIELD, IOWA) Washington State Bank has joined ranks with Jefferson County Kids to bring its future child care center a step closer by pledging $25,000 toward the project.

Brittany Gavin, Branch Manager for Washington State Bank, said, “Washington State Bank is thrilled to be a proud supporter of the Jefferson County Kids initiative to provide a much needed service to our community. We feel this child care center will be a tremendous asset to Jefferson County and are eager to see the positive impact it will bring to our community for years to come.”

This pledge raises fundraising efforts to over $2.7 million of the $3.5 million capital campaign goal.

Kate Van Pelt Jefferson County Kids Board Director, said, “We would like to thank Washington State Bank for their generous contribution and investment. It’s partnerships like this one, that are galvanizing the project, and that will grow the community.”

The Jefferson County Kids Board of Directors is nearing the final design stages and continue to strive for a 2021 opening of the center.

Jefferson County Kids, Inc. is 501(c)(3) tax-deductible and a charitable non-profit corporation.

Media Contacts
Brittany Gavin, Branch Manager
Washington State Bank
641-209-9854
bgavin@washsb.com

Joshua Laraby, Executive Director
Fairfield Economic Development Association
joshua.laraby@growfairfield.com

Capital Campaign Contact
Joshua Laraby, Executive Director
Fairfield Economic Development Association
641-472-3436
Joshua.Laraby@growfairfield.com
www.growfairfield.com/childcare

The Well Purchases Building in Fairfield

Fairfield, Iowa – The Well purchased the building that housed the Foursquare Church located on 1700 S Main Street in Fairfield, Iowa in early August. The 22,400 square foot space is an ideal size and location for the current and future needs of The Well including The Well Thrift Store retail area, donation processing room, and The Well Resource Center ministry space. Renovations of the building will begin to take place early in the month of September, with a targeted opening date near the end of the 2020 year.

The Well offers individuals a way to find help and hope when facing difficult circumstances by helping meet their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. As an organization, it focuses on the total person to help those struggling reach long-term stability in their lives. The Well does this through community partnerships and innovative programs, all while focusing on building relationships and addressing the root cause of the issues at hand. Anyone is welcome to receive services through The Well Resource Center.

“The Well is led by an excellent leadership team, and it will be an economic driver to our community. Their holistic wrap-around rehabilitation services will play an important role in continuing to build a stable and successful local workforce. I’m impressed with their partnership approach and I look forward to the community being able to see what they have to offer,” said Joshua Laraby, Executive Director for Fairfield Economic Development Association.

Earlier this year, the Well leadership team, and a local scoping committee of community members, have been looking closely at the Fairfield community as a whole and its resources. Conversations with several individuals in various capacities in Fairfield have taken place to determine if and how The Well structure could help. The team is very impressed with the quality and variety of services Fairfield already offers to the community and is excited to partner with such a caring community. The Well will not be duplicating any local services currently offered but will focus to coordinate efforts with existing organizations and resources. Individuals, organizations, and businesses can use The Well to find the needed information and refer clients.

The Cornerstone Community Well (CCW) in Fairfield has done many great things for the community and reached out to The Well. CCW will move its services and clients to the Well in Fairfield. CCW staff is looking forward to the opportunity to “close its doors’ ‘, but “open” many new doors with the larger organization structure. There will be many new outreach opportunities for the individuals, organizations, and businesses in Fairfield.

In addition to existing current Fairfield services, The Well offers personal finance classes with strategies for managing money, addiction recovery resources, and other opportunities to help people move forward in their life. A Call to Serve Ministries (ACTS) connects people who could use possible project assistance in their homes, with willing and able volunteers who can lend a hand. The Well has built a work program called Well Works, where local businesses provide work for clients to learn how to keep a job again and fulfill the needs of businesses. The Well Thrift Store is a multi-department and donation-based retailer with 100% of the income generated through thrift store sales supporting the ministry services of The Well, while also providing valuable volunteer opportunities for people to be involved. Money stays local and supports the local community.

About The Well – The Well is an organization of people from area churches, non-profits, businesses and foundations interested in more effectively ministering to those in need in Jefferson County. Through volunteers and partnerships with churches and social service agencies, we hope to be a place of encouragement and support that connects people to necessary resources. The Well is a Christian ministry with no affiliation to any specific church denomination. The Well’s purpose is combining the love of Christ, the help of our communities and the strength in every person to find hope for life. Fairfield is the third location for The Well, which started in Pella and has a second site in Knoxville. These cities have met very favorable results. More information will be shared on a continual basis.

For more information, go to: thewelliowa.org

Or contact: Eden Youngberg, Director of Advancement and Marketing at edeny@thewelliowa.org or call 641-621-0164 Ext 713

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Financial Assistance Now available to Eligible Nonprofits Impacted by COVID-19

Volunteer Iowa and the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) announced the launch of the Iowa Nonprofit Recovery Fund, an extension of the Iowa Small Business Relief Grant Program.

The program will provide short-term relief to nonprofit organizations that have seen reduced revenue and/or increased costs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible nonprofits may be awarded a grant of up to $25,000, based on income, expenses, outstanding obligations and other state and federal assistance received. The program has $10 million available, which was allocated through federal CARES Act funds.

Initially, eligible nonprofits must be a 501 (c)(3), 501 (c)(6) or 501 (c)(19), be based in Iowa and have:

  • Experienced a documented, involuntary loss of revenue and/or increase in expenses that occurred after March 1, 2020, due to the COVID-19 public health
    emergency
  • An annual operating budget of more than $25,000
  • Twenty-five or fewer full-time equivalent employees
  • A primary mission to serve the program’s priority service populations

For more information on eligibility and assistance or to apply, visit iowabusinessrecovery.com

Iowa State Bank Invests in Child Care Center

 

FAIRFIELD, IOWA (May 20, 2020) Iowa State Bank of Fairfield has pledged $60,000 to Jefferson County Kids future child care center, bringing the funds raised to $2.6 of the $3.5 million goal. The new facility will be built in Fairfield and will have a capacity of 185 child care spaces, infant to 12 years old.

Aaron Kness, President and CEO of Iowa State Bank, said, “Iowa State Bank recognizes the tremendous value a child care facility provides to the community. We can’t attract and retain young families without sufficient child care spaces. This project is as important as anything else we’ve supported in the past.”

A 2018 Jefferson County Child Care Market Study identified a deficit of over 500 child care spaces in the county, which included a need for 137 infant spaces. Kness further stated, “After my wife, Terri, and I moved here in 2007 to start a family, we became very concerned about finding child care. Thankfully, we were able to send our boys to an amazing in-home provider, but many parents are not as fortunate. Every family deserves quality child care. It should not depend on luck or good timing.”

The project has received national attention for its innovative public-private partnership approach; by partnering with the business community to bring a solution to reduce the shortage and add spaces.

“We want to thank Iowa State Bank for their generous contribution to Jefferson County Kids’ capital campaign. This is an extremely important project for our community, and we appreciate outstanding business leaders like Iowa State Bank, who support the growth of Fairfield and Jefferson County,” said Kate Van Pelt, Jefferson County Kids Board Treasurer and Secretary. Those interested in participating in the capital campaign should contact Joshua Laraby, Co-Project Manager for Jefferson County Kids.

Jefferson County Kids, Inc. is 501(c)(3) tax-deductible and a charitable non-profit corporation.

Media Contacts
Joshua Laraby, Executive Director                                       Aaron Kness
Fairfield Economic Development Association                   Iowa State Bank & Trust Co.
641-472-3436                                                                            641-472-3161
Joshua.Laraby@growfairfield.com                                      akness@isbff.com

Capital Campaign Contact
Joshua Laraby, Executive Director
Fairfield Economic Development Association
641-472-3436
Joshua.Laraby@growfairfield.com
www.growfairfield.com/childcare