The Crowe Foundation awards grants that align with the volunteer involvement and passions of our people – organizations like El Campito, which works to help children in St. Joseph County (Ind.) receive a high-quality early childhood education. The organization was formed more than 50 years ago to provide childcare for families of migrant farm workers and is now one of South Bend's oldest, independent, nonprofit child development centers. During the pandemic, it has extended its school-age program to include e-learning assistance, allowing families to send their children to El Campito while parents work. Jennifer Kary (South Bend) first volunteered with El Campito through a CPA Day of Service event more than a decade ago, then later visited its facilities through a tour provided for Crowe personnel based on our status as a United Way pacesetter. “About a year after that, El Campito approached me about being on the board,” Jennifer recalled. Today, Jennifer serves as El Campito’s treasurer and recruited Gabe Montes (South Bend) to the board as well. “Gabe chairs the Operations Committee and provides thoughtful, compassionate leadership on our board,” Jennifer added. Further supporting El Campito, Jennifer helped to secure a Crowe Foundation charitable grant, which it’s using to expand the use of technology in its preschool program – a major need for e-learning.
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