As soon as the COVID-19 pandemic hit our region, you stepped up to help our student parents and their families. The Emergency Support Fund assisted students immediately with grocery cards, computers, wi-fi access, tuition and utility bills. And during May’s GiveBIG, more than $22,000 was raised to keep our parents on track to graduate this spring. You supported EVERY one of our 79 families during the spring during the spring quarter — and all 30 students who planned to graduate this year are graduating!
Much of the work that goes on behind the scenes is thanks to our volunteer board and committee members. Since January, the Goodwin Connections Board of Directors has welcomed new board members to the team. A warm hello to our new Board Vice President Yvonne Muench, and our new officers Annabel Quintero, Rocky Torres, Bill Benham, Robyn Duckett and Melissa Lewis! We will look to the board’s expertise as we embark on our next strategic plan in early 2021.
We are so grateful to our longtime Board member Jane Pedersen, who recently retired from the Board of Directors. We thank her for her dedicated service, enthusiasm for our mission and heartfelt kindness towards our families.
I also want to acknowledge the members of the Advisory Board who are helping to shape our new fundraising event this fall: It’s a Good-Win Lunch-In. We are going to pull our community close for this virtual event and show our students how much we believe in them. Be on the lookout for more information later this summer.
And, thank you to the members of our Program and Finance Committees. Together, they are working to make our program grow to help as many families as we possibly can.
Goodwin Connections will continue to be a stable resource for our families when they go back to school this fall. When we welcome families into our program, our goal is to see them through to graduation day. They are a part of our community, our family. Thanks for showing them lots of love these past few months.
Continue to stay safe and be well,