Trek for Tots: PCT Hike for Kindering
Update: Help Tom reach the finish line!
Thank you for following Tom and Courage as they hike the PCT to support Kindering. You may have noticed that the SPOT Beacon hasn’t moved; Tom was forced to cut his trek short due to shin splints on September 15, just short of the Canadian border. But we’re not done yet! See how you can go the extra mile (or two) to help us reach the finish line!
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.
Why I’m hiking
Did you know 85% of brain development occurs in a child’s first three years of life? Families deserve nothing less than the best during this vital, fleeting time. We must not lose a precious moment to make a life-changing impact on a child’s future.
Children and families at Kindering move mountains every day, exhibiting uncommon courage and striving relentlessly to reach their fullest potential. In this spirit, and in honor of the obstacles overcome and the heights reached by these children, I’m setting out to tackle a few hills of my own: I’m going to spend 30 days this fall hiking all 511 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in Washington from the Columbia river to the terminus over the Canadian border.
In order to keep up with rising demand for services, Kindering has launched a new project to open a third facility in Renton. In 2014, after over 50 years of serving children on the East side, Kindering expanded with a campus in Bothell, aiming to serve an additional 800 infants and expanding services to Snohomish County. The Bothell campus expansion is now fully funded, fully enrolled, and self-sustaining. The new Renton facility will further increase Kindering’s capacity and deepen services for families in South King County, a community with a significant gap in resources.
I’ve always been passionate about spending time outside, and I’ve grown to be equally passionate about the work of Kindering. I’m excited to have the opportunity to combine my two great loves by hiking to inspire giving for the future of Kindering’s Renton campus. Oh, and many of you will recognize the face of my trekking partner: Kindering’s mascot and emblem of their strength, Courage, the courageous lion.
Why you should give
Today I am asking you to give generously to support Kindering’s work to provide families in need of support a place close to home with world-class programming. Click here for even more inspiration.
My goal is to raise $600,000 to support Kindering’s mission, including their expansion into the Renton campus and continued ability to hire world-class therapists and educators to provide services to ALL families in need. The National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs has found that high quality early childhood programs can yield a $4 – $9 dollar return per every $1 invested. Think of it – your investment will yield a quadruple return and will mean a bright future for all families who enter Kindering’s programs. Please give today, and help spread the word about my hike and this incredible organization.
We are honored to be included in Kindering’s fundraising efforts in the south end
Christine Martin (Founder and Principal Consultant, HR Strategies International)
I read once that you can judge the quality of a society by how well they take care of their children, their elderly and the people in need. This is my contribution to that concept
We are honored to help support such a wonderful organization reach more kids in need
Kevin and Carol Briscoe