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Grants will help EPIC expand its parenting programming

Every Person Influences Children (EPIC) recently received two grants that will allow the organization to expand its programs and help more families through parenting education.

The J.M. McDonald Foundation, based in Colorado, awarded EPIC $10,000 and the Peter C. Cornell Trust, through the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, gave $19,126 to allow EPIC to fund more proactive parenting programs.

Both donors are longtime EPIC supporters.

When EPIC began in 1980, the nonprofit organization provided programs throughout Western New York to any parent. Over the years, funding for EPIC parenting programs shifted to the neediest of parents: those dealing with trauma-related issues, drug and alcohol dependency and mental health diagnoses. Rather than being able to take a proactive, preventative approach, EPIC’s parenting classes, which are currently mandated, are designed to address those kinds of challenges.

“Receiving these grants allows EPIC to expand its programs for all parents and serve more families throughout the Western New York. We are excited to deliver these requested programs to the families in our community,” EPIC President Michelle Urbanczyk says.

The new funding will allow EPIC to grow its program to help more parents through educational classes throughout next year at its headquarters at 1000 Main St., as well as schools and community centers throughout Erie and Niagara County where the need is considered significant.

Group discussions, which are confidential, will focus on topics that will include balancing work and family life; brain development and learning styles; character, conscience and values; communicating with teachers; coping with daily stress and frustrations; helping your child succeed in school; helping your child to cope; preventing and managing problem behavior; and building independence.

“Receiving these grants allows EPIC to expand its programs for all parents and serve more families throughout the Western New York. We are excited to deliver these requested programs to the families in our community,” EPIC President Michelle Urbanczyk said in a news release.

To learn more about EPIC, its parenting classes and other programs, visit epicforchildren.org or call 332-4130.

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