Roswell Community League made an $8,000 donation to Working Mothers Day Nursery, Thursday.
â€œItâ€™s going to help equip our new classrooms so that we can serve at least 30 more children,â€ Kathleen Alonzo, the nurseryâ€™s director, said. â€œTo those 30 more children, itâ€™s extremely important.â€
According to Alonzo, the donation will also help the non-profit daycare absorb cuts in state funding. The donation was made possible through RCLâ€™s silent purse auction benefit and fundraiser for Working Mothers on April 14, at Pecos Flavors Winery. About 100 people participated in the event.
â€œSome of our older (league) members that used to work at the Working Day Mothers Nursery … showed up. It was neat to see some of the ladies that really were original,â€ Megan Rhodes, RCL president, said.
For the RCL, the donation is special, considering its history with Working Mothers.
In 1958, a group of RCL women helped found the center. According to Rhodes, RCL wanted to â€œrefocusâ€ its attention with the donation.
â€œWe felt that we hadnâ€™t really donated in a couple of years, and wanted to make sure that this organization stayed afloat … we definitely saw a purpose for a donation,â€ Rhodes said.
Working Day Mothers Nursery, a United Way Agency, has been in Roswell since 1958 and at its current location, 500 E. Bland St., for 20 years. The non-profit organization helps assist low income families with daycare and educational services during the day.
â€œAll of the funding that we receive through United Way is used to provide scholarships for families,â€ Alonzo said.Â â€œWe provide childcare services, but we believe that we provide more than that. As weâ€™re teaching the children, weâ€™re teaching them social skills, nutritional skills â€” hopefully things that theyâ€™ll carry into their life in a positive way.â€