The Children’s Center Capital Campaign was launched in June of 2001. Executive Director Lynn Cole and Board President Judy Griffin successfully recruited David and Kaye Flanagan to chair the committee, whose goal was to generate enough funding to allow for building an addition on the north side of the existing building on what was then the Capitol Street Extension, and to build a new wing on the south side of the building, and to renovate the interior of the building.
The plans for renovation and expansion were drafted by E.S. Coffin. The new facility would allow for all of the Center’s service and staff to be located in one place, would expand the space available for classrooms and therapy, and would be more attractive and appealing to children and families. When completed, the expansion would more than double the size of the existing building.
Governor Angus King declared December 6, 2001 as “Children’s Center Day” during the Center’s 35th anniversary Celebration, and many local companies were recognized for their contributions towards the Capital Campaign through the presentation of “Helping Hands” awards, including Kennebec Savings Bank, Hammond Lumber, G&E Roofing, Coffin Engineering, Frank Pomerleau Inc., and the Maine National Guard.
Kennebec Valley Community Action Program granted the Children’s Center $19,000 toward the Campaign, and Kennebec Savings Bank contributed $15,000. Grant funding was a significant component of the venture, with $177,900 raised from private foundations, including the William Bingham II Betterment Fund, David Family Foundation, Agnes M. Lindsay Trust, Margaret Burnham Charitable Trust, and the Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund.
The Capital Committee Chairs, David and Kaye Flanagan, demonstrated their own personal commitment to children, the community, and the Center though a personal donation of $250,000!
The project enjoyed great local support from a multitude of donors. Local philanthropist Harold Alfond, donated $151,000 to the project through the Yawkey Foundation. Between June of 2001 and the Grand Opening Celebration on May 29, 2003, the Capital Campaign Committee raised over 1.4 million dollars. The new building was unveiled to the public on May 23rd, 2003.
We are grateful to everyone who contributed to creating the new building, for the opportunities it has given us to support many, many children and families as they work towards developing their own capabilities. The work of the Capital Campaign Committee gave the Center the facilities it needed to help others succeed!