Terracon Foundation Supports Founding of Family Enrichment Center
BETTENDORF, IA Kathy Toft, who has lived in the Quad City, Iowa, area for 38 years, and others in her community wanted to create a unique program focused on supporting the underserved Goose Creek Heights neighborhood of north Davenport, Iowa, who's population is approximately 1,600.
Their desire was to create a safe and self-funded setting with free programming that could serve every member of the household - children, young adults, and caregivers. From this dream came the development of the nonprofit Family Enrichment Center of Davenport (FEC).
"Our goal from the beginning was to create a continuous system of support," said Kevin Kellums, FEC Executive Director. "By offering relevant programming for the whole family, including the Head Start program, afterschool tutoring and parenting classes, we hoped to produce a momentum shift that would change the neighborhood norms away from destructive patterns and toward constructive goals."
To help make this dream a reality, Kathy Toft, a Senior Administrative Professional in Terracon's Bettendorf, Iowa, office, has provided volunteer hours, spearheaded fundraisers, and championed the FEC by applying for annual grants through the Terracon Foundation.
"It's nice to work for a company like Terracon that shows support for its employees' passions and enables us to help others in our local communities," said Toft. "If we could raise enough funds to establish the FEC, we thought it could be a resource and support to families. We had a vision and followed it through. With more than 700 kids in the neighborhood, the opportunities are there to make a real difference."
To date, the Terracon Foundation has donated $4,500 to the FEC.