Godparents are the backbone of our organization. They are the precious supporters whom have chosen to make a personal commitment to St. Mary’s Early Childhood Center. Our Godparents change the lives of the children we serve by providing much needed funding, attending events and even spending time with them in the classrooms.
The Godparent Program was created by a group of committed supporters interested in changing the lives of the children at St. Mary’s. The building at 901 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. was built and handed over debt-free by prominent members of the community to St. Mary’s Early Childhood Center in 1986. In order to continue serving children living in poverty through our programs, this same group created the Godparent Program to raise funds. Initially, Godparents focused on support through events, which include the Spring Soiree, the Raffle, the Golf Outing, the Night of Miracles and the Luncheon.
Today, over 300 Godparents are supporting the children living in poverty that attend our Preschool Program through our scholarship assistance. We now include all donors in the Godparent Program within the various giving levels. The five levels of giving include $1,000-$1,999, $2,000-$4,999, $5,000-$9,999, $10,000-$24,999 and in excess of $25,000 annually. The $25,000 level is dedicated to the legacy and commitment of RN Thompson. Giving levels are determined through all donations between January 1 and December 31 each year.