I have been a volunteer for Childcare Resources for 8 years, always impressed by the passion, commitment and dedication of the staff and the quality of the work they do. But by far the most powerful moments have been in opportunities to hear clients of the agency tell their stories and the impact of Childcare Resources on their lives. How modest financial support for daycare tuition allowed a young single mother to stay in the workforce through the tough early years of her career. How a caring and knowledgeable staff member worked tirelessly to help another family find appropriate daycare for their disabled child. How the low-cost training program has created opportunities for harried and underpaid daycare providers to truly up their game. These stories truly touch my heart and keep me - and numerous other volunteers- involved and engaged.
I have known of the work of Childcare Resources for many years. I had the opportunity to visit the agency as a member of the United Way Allocations Team and was very impressed with the quality of services they offer. They have become more visible in recent months for their stellar fund raising events.
Childcare Resources is a phenomenal non-profit organization in Birmingham, Alabama that provides assistance to families, children and local child care providers. Childcare Resources has enabled families to continue to stay employed, child care providers have received training and parents have received guidance in finding a quality child care program that meets their family's needs. I have participated in the resource and referral department for finding a child care program and the child care center where I direct has been a part of the Parents as Teachers program as well as receiving the Resource library van at our program. The teachers have used the resource books in the classroom, read to the children from the children's books and the children have enjoyed the books on tape. Childcare Resources is an agency that will change the lives of every person it touches which in turn leads to others lives being changed because of the domino effect. Change one life and it always changes another. A truly amazing Agency that will change the lives of many over many generations.