Paying it Forward: A Story of Giving at RCN


In March, 2018 a friend of RCN who wishes to remain anonymous stopped by South Avenue to deliver a donation and share her story.

In the late 90’s, our friend’s two young sons attended RCN. It was a difficult time in her life when she worked full time at a coffee shop and was sole financial provider for her boys. She stated,  “I could drop off my kids and know they were safe.  Then I could turn my head to all of the other things I had to think about. At RCN they were not only safe, they received good quality care.”

She went on to describe how someone at RCN saw something in her and knew she needed help. RCN presented her with a $500 scholarship for summer program for her boys… “That changed my life,” she recalled. “I’m here today to give back in the same way to another family.” Each year, she and her mother sew and crochet beautiful pot holders and table toppers to sell at an art show. They split the money and make donations to their favorite charities. Our friend’s charity is RCN. She wants her gift to be completely anonymous and wants to inspire another family to continue on through challenging times.

Her two boys both had IEPs. She worked hard to advocate for the appropriate interventions and opportunities for them as they grew. Both boys are doing very well now. They are living independently and are self-sufficient. She commented, “When I look back and think about it, I have no idea how I did it. When I received that support, I was overwhelmed with gratitude and appreciation. Even now, I tear up when I think about those times.”

At RCN, our caring teachers create nurturing, engaging educational experiences that help children thrive. Your gift ensures families just like our grateful friend’s have a wonderful place to entrust their children to each day, ensuring a strong and safe start in life.

What is the Annual Children's Fund?

The Annual Children’s Fund

At Rochester Childfirst Network, we pride ourselves providing the highest quality early education care and striving to improve that care throughout our community. However, the cost of offering these great programs isn’t always covered through tuition and fees. The Annual Children’s Fund helps RCN bridge that gap with additional resources to support and enrich the experiences of the over 2,000 children impacted by our services. You can improve the quality of care in our community by giving to the RCN’s Annual Children’s Fund today.

By giving to the Annual Children’s Fund, you ensure that RCN to use those funds where they’re needed most. Whether that’s paying to heat our building, purchasing classroom supplies,  or supporting the staff that fulfill RCN’s mission every day, you can be assured your gift is used responsibly to maximize the impact on the children we serve.


If you’d prefer to mail in your gift, send in a check or the RCN Donation Form to:

Rochester Childfirst Network
Attn: Development
941 South Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620

If you would like to contribute over the phone or you have any questions about how your gift will be used, please call the Development Office at (585) 473-2858.

Honorary and Memorial Gifts

Both Honorary and Memorial gifts will be recognized through a mailed acknowledgement.


Rochester Childfirst Network is a 501(c)3 educational non-profit and you donation may be tax deductible. The IRS encourages support of charitable organizations by allowing an income tax charitable deduction to those who itemize their taxes. Always consult your tax adviser when filling out your tax return.