MEDFORD, Ore. — Kid Time Discovery Experience still needs help from the community, in order to stay open past March. It has received numerous donations, but only enough to keep it the lights on for the next couple of months.
Kid Time still needs $62,000 to reach their $100,000 goal, and they need to raise that money within the next six weeks. $38,000 has been raised so far, but that is only enough to keep the basic early learning programs running. The organization said they have received an upwards of 60 donations since sending out their call for help back in December.
Some of those donations have come in large sums, while others have come in the smallest simplest amounts. Sunny Spicer, the executive director of Kid Time, said she’s seen kids come in and empty their pockets full of change to help keep the organization going.
Spicer said Kid Time fell into financial crisis after grant funding was cut back from $160,000 two years ago… to just $23,000 now. To help save money, the organization has cut back on staffing and art space, but it said this winter has not done it any favors. Spicer said heating bills have been sky-high with the cold temperatures, and the organization has had to spend extra money on sanitizing due to the “widespread” flu outbreak.
If the organization does not receive $100,000 by March, the Kid Time Board of Directors will meet to make a new plan and move forward. Spicer said the last thing the organization wants to do is close down completely.