When did you first get involved with CCFI?
I first became involved with CCFI in early 2017.
What services did you and your family utilize?
We are a part of the Bringing Up Babies program. We’ve also attended several car seat safety events and a clothing swap.
What was most helpful about using CCFI services for you and your family?
Having access to relevant information at the stage of life my baby is in and activities I can do to strengthen his mental and physical abilities.
Did coming to CCFI change anything about your life?
It sure did! I have an outlet where I can discuss my stresses and worries. I have a program that will help me and my family if we are in need of diapers, wipes or clothing. I also have the ability to continuously educate myself on my child’s development. Lisa Linke, my BUB provider, has also helped me work through my concerns and worries as a new mother and a single mother. She has been nothing but supportive of me through all of the trials and tribulations I’ve faced over the last few years. I am forever thankful for her and her services!
What comes to mind when you think of CCFI?
I think it's great that parents and kids have a center they can turn to for practically any need; and that kids have a place they can go after school if necessary. It’s a place that helps new parents learn how to be the best parent they can be and ensure that new babies have what they need to have a happy, healthy life. It’s a wonderful program and I am extremely grateful for it!
What do you feel is the biggest impact CCFI has made on the community?
I think the clothing and toy swap is an amazing thing and is so helpful for people. You can come in and get clothes of any size, tons of diapers, car seats, toys and books for your children without having to pay a penny. I think that is a priceless opportunity and can really, really help families, especially low-income families who can’t necessarily afford those things.
What would you like to say to encourage others to get involved with CCFI, whether by donating or volunteering?
I would say that you are investing in kids’ well-being and their futures. You have the ability to make a kids smile, give them a break from the stresses of their life, provide clothing and diapers for babies, help a child learn new things, or help educate new parents and help build their confidence. You’re giving back to your community on a much deeper level!