Children participate in a Camp Fire West Michigan summer program at Tunnel Park in Holland. Courtesy Camp Fire West Michigan
Two Grand Rapids-based childhood development nonprofits are now one.
Camp Fire West Michigan and Kent Regional Community Coordinated Child Care (Kent Regional 4C), which both focus on early childhood development, youth development and child-care provider training, recently announced they merged earlier this year.
Camp Fire closed and sold its location at 1257 East Beltline Ave. NE, and moved in with Kent Regional 4C in March. Both organizations are now situated in Kent Regional 4C’s location in the Masconic Center at 233 East Fulton St., Grand Rapids. No staffing additions or cuts were made.
Gayle Orange, the executive director for Camp Fire and a former board member for Kent Regional 4C, is now the CEO of the merged organization, which is going by the name of Camp Fire West Michigan 4C.
“This merger not only combines the services of two highly esteemed, leading organizations in the field of early childhood development, education and child care provider training, it also joins their hearts and missions to continue to serve the children and families in this community in a stronger and greater capacity,” said Daniel Gerrity, chairman of the new Camp Fire West Michigan 4C governing board.
The merger of these two organizations was designed to offer “a seamless continuum of quality services and resources” to support families. Camp Fire West Michigan 4C will continue to be a sponsor for the Child and Adult Care Food Program that serves 24 Michigan counties.
“It’s been working out pretty well. They’ve been making a lot of adjustments,” said Mary McLoughlin, spokesperson for the new organization.
“They wanted these two like-minded organizations to provide the best possible services for children. It was said to be financially beneficial for both.”