Need after-school care for your pre-kindergarten kids in the Ithaca area? You’re not alone, and the Varna Community Center wants to solve that problem, with your help!
The program would support 24 pre-K students who’d ride school buses to Varna where they would be cared for from about 2:30-6pm Monday through Thursday and 10:30am-6pm on Friday. Older siblings could attend, too, making it easier for parents could pick up their youngsters in one place. There would be room for 16 K-5 kids.
Varna Community Center organizers say they have applied for grants to cover the major startup expenses, but they have a goal of ,000 in small, local donations to cover smaller fixes, like changes to exterior doors and repairs to an exit ramp.
The fundraiser is part of this Wednesday’s 24-hour “Giving Is Gorges” event, and donations can be made online from midnight at givingisgorges.org. Last summer, 119 separate non-profit organizations in the Ithaca area took in over $110,000 thanks to 974 donors who participated in the first day-long Giving Is Gorges event. The fundraiser is hosted online by GiveGab, a non-profit organizing platform that provides fundraising tools and volunteer-matching opportunities.