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Trek for Tots: PCT Hike for Kindering2018-07-12T13:54:05+00:00

Trek for Tots: PCT Hike for Kindering

Thank you for moving mountains for our kiddos

In fall of 2017, local business leader and long-time Kindering friend Tom Varga set out to hike the length of the Washington State on the Pacific Crest Trail to raise funds and awareness for Kindering and the families we serve. His “Trek for Tots” was a huge success, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the generosity and steadfast support of our extraordinary community. But don’t just take it from us! Here are some words of gratitude from Tom:

Together through this campaign we raised $1.1 million in transformational funds, which enabled Kindering to strategically expand to meet acute regional demands.

Thanks to you, Kindering opened doors on its Renton satellite in October of 2017 and is fully operational. And thanks to you, Kindering Renton is on track to help 200 children and families per year through leading-edge therapies for an array of cognitive, feeding, motor, social, and other needs, as well as through inclusive preschool and world-class family support services.

Your partnership comes at a critical time. Kindering helped 4,500 children and families in 2017, and in order to meet a formidable regional demand, has launched toward a goal of serving 10,000 little ones by the year 2022. Kindering Renton is a transformational step in helping achieve this goal.

I sincerely believe there’s never been a more exciting time to be a part of this exceptional mission. If you are interested in staying involved with Kindering, here are a few great ways:

The success of this campaign truly would not have been possible without you and your commitment to bolstering the health and resiliency of our children, our families, and our communities. Thank you.

Meet Tom

Hi! I’m Tom Varga. 15 years ago, I founded CFO Selections in Seattle to bring the best senior financial and accounting talent to small businesses in the region. I was also motivated to reinvent my work-life balance after years of long hours in the tech sector. I wanted to spend less time in the office and more time with my kids enjoying the wonders of the outdoors and the treasures of the Pacific Northwest.

Because I believe even small companies have an obligation to re-invest in the communities from which they earn their living, our leadership team established the CFOS Foundation in 2007, a charitable foundation providing time, talent, and treasure to support foster children and the organizations that serve them. That’s how I learned about Kindering and the work they do in early childhood intervention for both children with special needs and foster kids.

To relive Tom’s tales from the trail, scroll down to check out his blog entries from the Trek!

Tom’s Blog: Tom, Codename Fearless, Signing Off

October 10, 2017 – As I laced up my hiking boots to take my first steps on the Pacific Crest Trail, I had no idea of the journey that lay ahead. In a matter of weeks I would face challenges big and small, from rodent robbers and extraneous equipment, to black bears and shin splints, to a devastating wildfire that halted hikers in their tracks.

I learned many […]

Tom’s Blog: Lessons from the Trail

September 11, 2017 – After a few zero days, Tom has been back on the trail and feeling good. While he was in town, we chatted with Tom about what he’s learned and if he’s going to make any changes as a result of those lessons. Here’s what he said.

Fuel your Body

The biggest personal challenge during my first weeks centered on hydration, due to the high temperatures, […]

Tom’s Blog: Respecting Mother Nature

September 2, 2017 – I had been on the trail for four days when I learned that a section of the Pacific Crest Trail was closed just north of White Pass due to danger from The Norse Peak Fire. A lightning storm on August 11 ignited 13 fires in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National forest, forcing 23 – then 52 – miles of the PCT to close.

The […]

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