Well, it’s been an interesting 2017 so far. I hope you are all staying dry in the rain and staying safe! We are excited to launch into a new year with our girls and are welcoming them back to their afterschool meetings this week. It’s always fun to check in with the girls and reconnect after spending time apart. They’ll be busy this week setting goals and thinking about the semester ahead!
We know many of our girls had a great Christmas because some very special people made sure of it. I would like to express my gratitude to the Newcomers Club of Nevada County, The PEO Auburn, and various individuals who adopted some of our girls and their families for Christmas. We are so grateful to partner with these groups because they bring joy to our girls and families by providing Christmas presents while we are able to maintain our core programs. We simply cannot provide the kind of support that these groups bring to the girls. When one of our moms came to pick up her family’s gift she was clearly overwhelmed by the generosity. She thought she was leaving with one bag and when she realized the whole pile was for her to take, she was overcome with emotion. We feel so good about being able to connect a family that works hard, attends meetings, sets goals for the future, and gives back to their community with our generous community. Thank you to everyone involved in these organizations!
The staff and board have been busy planning and we are getting geared up for a very busy and exciting 2017. Our board and staff retreat, held on January 9th, gave us an opportunity to focus on our personal and team strengths, set goals for the next three years and re-energize our team! We have a fabulous group of people poised to support and advocate for our girls and I feel so proud to lead this amazing team. We have accomplished much, but there is more work to do!
You’ll receive a save the date card later this month, highlighting our major events for the year! Please consider joining us and bringing a friend to one or all of our events this year! First up will be power of the purse on March 22. This event, in its 12th year is designed to engage, educate and empower our community to get involved with our program. Some guests sign up to be volunteers, some to donate, and all leave more educated about our work and hopefully to serve as ambassadors in our community. And a lucky number of women leave with a lovely new purse! We are recruiting table captains now so please call if you would like to learn more; 265-4311 and ask for Cindy or Jenn.
Many thanks to our amazing community for your support and guidance as we move into our 22nd year serving our girls. Together we have built a strong and critical community resource and we are reaping the benefits of your investment. Let’s see what we can accomplish together next!