News Room

A Message from our Director

 

Hello Friends!

Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” We all know this scene from the iconic movie, The Wizard of Oz. Am I the only one muttering that from time to time? Our day-to-day lives have significantly changed. Calendars are no longer filled. Anticipated events are postponed, cancelled, or being held in a very different way. Our routines have come to a major halt and we no longer have the privilege to move about how we once did. How we hope to again. 

What about our kids? We know that our kids are more disproportionately affected by the pandemic than their peers. Because of this: they lack confidence, learning is more difficult, anxiety is on the rise, and we are seeing an elevated sense of hopelessness for the future. We, along with our volunteers, are on the front-lines. Our team members and volunteer Bigs serve as a critical hub by providing support, information, and resources for our Littles and their families. For some, our staff and our Bigs are the only people the Little and/or their parent will talk with. Our program is an essential service we must continue to provide. There is no more important time than right now to stand with our kids. Thank you for making this possible. Thank you for investing in helping kids.

You have plenty of courage, I am sure. All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    - The Wizard of Oz

Jackie Johnson
Executive Director

 

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