We raised over $3200 for young kids! Thank you!

On Give to the Max Day, people and businesses in the Bird Island, Olivia, and Lake Lillian area stepped up to make a difference.  Here is our recent Letter to the Editor, with a Thank you to everyone who contributed, and more about the ECI projects.

Letter to the Editor  – They Gave to the Max to ECI!

The BOLD Early Childhood Initiative Committee (ECI) would like to thank all the individual donors who helped us reach our 2013 fundraising goal of $1600 during November’s Give to the Max Day. These donations were then generously matched by several local banks for a total over $3200. We want to thank Hometown Bank of Olivia, F&M Bank of Olivia, Frandsen Bank and Trust of Bird Island, and Citizen’s Alliance Bank of Lake Lillian for helping our youngest community members.

All funds raised will continue to be used toward BOLD ECI’s mission of promoting the overall development of children age birth to five and their caregivers through outreach, innovative efforts, and community partnerships. In the past three years BOLD ECI has partnered with our local libraries to provide stickers, toys, and other prizes for kids in the “1000 Books Read Before Kindergarten”.  ECI has provided 200 free tickets to Willmar Stinger Books-N-Baseball games where the players read to kids on the field encouraging early literacy. ECI partners with the United Way of West Central Minnesota to supply backpacks filled with school supplies for BOLD preschoolers. ECI helped fund monies toward the installment of twelve changing tables in local facilities. We have donated $2000 match grants toward the cities of Bird Island, Olivia, and Lake Lillian to improve playground equipment aimed at kids five years of age and younger.  The City of Lake Lillian has already installed several pieces. Please check them out! The ECI sponsors an annual free concert with mini resource fair for families to network with local health, social, and school agencies to help evaluate the needs of our kids before school starts. It is also a great time for kids and their families. The ECI has also sponsored “Tubs of Fun” at each communities summer festival days.  We continue to look for ways to help improve the social, educational, and health needs of the youngest kids in our community.

Did you know that every dollar invested in early childhood saves $17 in welfare assistance, special education, and law enforcement later?   And currently only 50% of children in Minnesota are fully prepared for kindergarten?  The BOLD ECI wants to thank all of our individual and business sponsors for their continued financial support of our efforts to improve the outlook for kids in our community.  We believe your investment is well spent helping our youngest community members thrive. Thank you for your support!

You can learn more about the BOLD ECI or volunteering on our website at www.boldeci.com or Like Us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/BOLDECI. The BOLD ECI is supported by the Southwest Initiative Foundation.

The BOLD ECI (Early Childhood Initiative) Committee

New Park Equipment Added in Lake Lillian

We are thrilled to announce that this past summer, new park equipment was added to the Lake Lillian City Park, that is specific to kids ages 0-5.

The new park equipment includes:

  • A two seat buck-a-bout (like a teeter totter but they just bounce instead of going way up and down)
  • A triple shoot which kind of like a basketball hoop only its for little kids and has three “hoops”
  • A park bench as right now there is only one bench in the playground area.

Each city of Bird Island, Olivia, and Lake Lillian have the opportunity to be awarded a $2000 (must be matched) grant to upgrade or buy new playground equipment for their community. Lake Lillian has matched the grant, and we anticipate that Bird Island and Olivia will take advantage of these matching grant funds for playground equipment in 2014.

Take a look at the fun new playground equipment below!

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If you are interested in helping the BOLD ECI complete more great projects like this and others, we would be honored with your donation –  Please Click here.

Local Banks Challenge BOLD ECI to raise $3200 on Give to the Max Day!

Thank you from the BOLD ECIThe BOLD Early Childhood Initiative is gearing up for Give to the Max Day on November 14, 2013.  This is an awesome day for non-profits like us to raise funds for our cause, and build awareness on why the Bold ECI is so important to our community.

We are THRILLED to have four generous local banks donate a total of $1600!  So now our goal is to raise the challenge amount of $1600 for a total of $3200 for early childhood in the Bird Island, Olivia, Lake Lillian areas!

Thank you to these amazing local banks!

We appreciate their commitment to helping local families and our community financially through the BOLD ECI.

Be sure to tell these banks “THANK YOU” for their generous donations, next time your are there!

Want to help us reach our goal?  Make a donation on November 1-14th on the Give to the Max Website!