Each week on Biz Buzz, our host David Sillick talks to business experts in the community. This week he sits down with Altoria White from Episcopal Children’s Services.
Episcopal Children’s Services helps underserved children in Northeast and Central Florida build a strong foundation for educational success. Working with children from birth to age 5 – the most critical years for cognitive development – ECS’s dedicated teachers and staff use curriculums based on the latest research and best practices to help families ensure their youngsters enter school ready to learn.
To learn more check out www.ecs4kids.org.
So how did you get involved with the preschool children’s services?
Episcopal Children’s Services has been around for several years since 1966. We are one of the older nonprofits here in Jacksonville. We serve underprivileged younger kids from birth really to age 5 with our Early Head Start and Head Start programs. We are in 14 counties in Northeast and Central Florida.
What makes you unique?
We’re a nonprofit, which is not unique, but we offer free early Head Start and Head Start programs. Our greatest need is really fundraising. It’s quite difficult to raise funds to support the organization, but a lot of people don’t know 20 percent of every dollar we gain from the federal government we are required to raise. We’re very dependent on our volunteers, we’re very dependent on our fundraisers, and just general donations from the public.
What’s around the corner?
We have our Children’s Champions gala which is March 26. This is one of our largest fundraisers. This is the 14th annual fundraiser where we honor local community movers and the names are very familiar in our community. They’re great fundraisers for us and they just care about our children. This is an annual event and it’s March 26 at 6 p.m. at UNF. Tickets are one hundred and fifty dollars and we will have a silent auction at 6:00 and then the program starts at 7.