The Friends of the Yolo Crisis Nursery have entered the final leg of a fundraising campaign that has generated $325,000 in grants from organizations and donations from individuals in just six weeks.
Sunday is the deadline for contributing to the “One Child-One Day” campaign, which has drawn close to $100,000 in individual donations. To date, the Friends are just shy of their overall goal of raising $340,000 to keep the nursery operating in 2014-15.
“We’re oh-so-close to meeting our target,” said Heidy Kellison, president of the Friends. “This will be a big weekend for our campaign. Whatever the final number, we’re overwhelmingly grateful for the community’s outpouring of support.”
The easiest way to give: Go to www.friendsofync.org and click on “donate.”
Three other ways to support the nursery:
* Shop at Mother & Baby Source, 714 Second St. in downtown Davis, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Store owner Lori Rumsey will donate 50 percent of the day’s proceeds to the nursery.
* Visit the Davis Farmers Market on Saturday in Central Park, Fourth and C streets. Volunteers at a Crisis Nursery table will collect donations and answer questions. The first 50 donors at Saturday’s market or at Mother & Baby Source will receive small thank-you gifts: swaddled-baby refrigerator magnets handmade by the Friends.
* Attend a Stella & Dot Trunk Show from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 27. (This is technically after the campaign ends, but nonprofits can never really stop fundraising.) The nursery will receive 100 percent of the commission on sales thanks to a special arrangement by Samantha Ballard, a Davis-based representative for the boutique jewelry and fashion accessory line. The trunk show will take place at Vini Wine Bar, 611 Second St. in downtown Davis.
As the final dollars are counted, a potential host agency will be evaluating a proposal submitted Monday. Kellison said the agency is a “natural fit” as a successor to EMQ FamiliesFirst, which announced in March that it is withdrawing from running the nursery.
“Our proposal shows the strength of the nursery and our community,” Kellison said. “I’m optimistic a new agency will value both our services and the depth of support we’ve received. This final push is how we achieve stability and longevity.”
Local organizations have stepped up in a major way with timely grants. Kellison expressed deep appreciation to Yolo County ($80,000), Woodland Healthcare ($50,000), the Kelly Foundation ($50,000), Kaiser Permanente ($15,000), the Rotary Club of Davis ($10,000) and Davis Professional Firefighters Local No. 3494 ($10,000).
In addition, several family foundations have made substantial gifts, and Mohini Jain, a retired Davis teacher, has pledged $12,500 in a challenge grant to the rest of the community.
“Ideally, we’ll bring in another $15,000 by Sunday,” Kellison said. “Many people have mentioned that they intend to give, and now the moment to do so has arrived.”
Rumsey, a longtime downtown Davis retailer, was only too happy to give the fund drive a final assist.
“The Yolo Crises Nursery is a very important asset to our community,” she said. “Not only is it available for parents to utilize in times of crises but it provides a very needed respite to foster parents as well.
“I feel that it is important to support such a worthwhile local organization such as YCN and am proud to live in a community that is very giving and compassionate.”
The nursery’s mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect by keeping the youngest and most vulnerable children, birth to age 5, safe during times of family crisis. It does so by providing a safe, home-like environment and supervision for children day or night. Meanwhile, their parents or guardians are supported to connect with community resources to reduce isolation, lower stress levels and resolve the crisis or hardship.
Yolo Crisis Nursery is available to serve all county residents and operates on a budget of about $400,000 annually. It serves approximately 300 children and their families every year.
For more information, go to www.friendsofync.org or call Kellison at 530-386-2647.