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December 13, 2018
Estes Park is a beautiful place to live, but it can be a challenging place to raise a family. The tourism-based economy depends on a workforce, many of whom are parents working hard to provide for their family so that they can stay in the community.
There is a childcare shortage throughout Larimer County, but Estes Park has long struggled to maintain adequate childcare and other services working families need.
Estes Valley Investment in Childhood Success (EVICS) believes that every child deserves a great start, no matter where he or she lives, and that every family needs support to be successful. Their mission is to improve and expand access to early childhood services and provide parent education so parents understand child development and gain the skills to be the first and best teachers for their children.
With funding from United Way of Larimer County through an Innovation Grant, EVICS will become one of only two Family Resource Centers in the County, offering additional programming to provide comprehensive, wrap-around support for families and connections to resources while maintaining its focus on early childhood services.
"As a Family Resource Center, we will provide more comprehensive wrap-around services for families, connect them to vital resources in our community, build relationships with families, set goals and help them succeed," said Nancy Almond, Executive Director for EVICS. "A Family Resource Center is not about supporting families with handouts, it's about strengthening families with support."
As a Family Resource Center, EVICS staff will receive training that will help them be more effective and will provide them with a network of other communities with which to share best practices. They will also have access to a database to better track families' progress and funding that will expand resources for children and families in the Estes Park community.
One of the best ways Executive Directors can serve their organization, mission, Board, staff, volunteers, and customers is to be constantly challenging themselves and learning. To help do so, United Way of Larimer County is offering this low cost, high impact executive-level training and coaching this winter at The Community Impact Center.
Our trainer, Maro Zagoras, has trained some of the largest nonprofits in the country in her 30 years of professional experience. As a Fort Collins resident, she is excited about offering this premier training to organizational leaders making a difference in our community.
There are 25 spots for highly motivated nonprofit Executive Directors.
The total investment of 3 half-day trainings and peer support: $75 per E.D. to cover refreshments, lunch, and course materials. United Way of Larimer County is underwriting this training.
“I found myself looking at my calendar each month for when I got to go to the next training. The support for me personally was critical.” - Donna
"Maro translates complex theory down to practical, usable examples that are critically important to NPO leadership. She does it with humor, patience, and on neutral ground." - Cheryl
"This training program provided an incredible framework and support structure for better understanding my own leadership skills and potential. Maro's facilitation skills, sense of humor, and obvious depth of knowledge encouraged me to move forward with renewed enthusiasm and a strong sense of my abilities. What I learned from Maro, formally and informally, has aided me in both my work and career decisions. Thumbs up for Maro." - John
"'Working with Maro is an enriching, productive and fun experience. She is a true pro that keeps groups on task to achieve outcomes while creating space, energy and an atmosphere of inspiration and comfort that promotes growth. She has a real talent at making each and every person she works with feel important, worthy and talented and uses their strengths to help them find solutions." - Abbie
“When I was selected last year to be part of the Leaders Forum, I did not know what it was all about nor was I sure what benefit I would have from attending. Once selected, I got many surveys asking about what I knew and what I’d like to learn about. I met with Maro who is such a genuine person and showed true interest in helping not only my organization but myself as its leader. As the months went by, our group grew in knowledge and also a bond formed with the other attendees. Maro started empowering us to teach, share and practice within the safety of our group. Now a year later, I look back at the Leaders Forum as a huge success. I not only gained skills and knowledge but I gained friendship, accountability partners, other ED’s I can call on and call on me!” - Jon
“This training is incredibly valuable…
Add to that, I have made friends and become more open and comfortable where I wasn’t before. I remember looking around the room my first day and thinking, ‘I don’t belong here, all these folks have it together and I don’t have any idea what I am doing’ however, now I think ‘I have no idea what I’m doing, but at least no one else does either!’ Kidding aside, this will be one of the best personal and professional experiences you will ever have.” - Ashleigh
"Maro is always willing to better understand the needs and challenges that this community’s non-profit leaders have and she finds ways to help them! Maro's passion for what she does clearly shows in the quality of her work and in her efforts to help strengthen the local non- profit community and their leaders."- Kristi
“The incredible experience and expertise of Maro Zagoras in our meetings is beyond anything I could have expected. Maro is one of the most influential actors in my new career. Maro created a judgement-free zone where E.D.s can share their challenges and get support.” - David
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