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Trek for Tots: PCT Hike for Kindering 2017-10-10T16:33:21+00:00

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!

Background: How I got here

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.

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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Roger Johnson

We are honored to help support such a wonderful organization reach more kids in need

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