Dear Friends of Goodwin Connections,
This year’s Impact Report is more than just a review of our last fiscal year—it’s a milestone and reflection of what this organization has come to mean in the 115 years it’s been serving the greater Seattle community. In addition to our legacy of always helping families get ahead, we’ve become a vital community resource, supporting our essential workforce of childcare providers who nurture and care for our young ones, and connecting parents to local colleges and universities that open doors to all of higher education’s possibilities.
Goodwin exists today because of the power of human connection. Our organization began in 1907 as a way for women to come together to make a difference. Women gathered in giving circles, forming bonds that have lasted for decades. And through those many meetings and conversations, they have been able to work towards change and progress to meet the emerging needs of the community.
As we celebrate our 115th year, I ask you to reflect fondly on the networks you have built and the connections you have made—and how they’ve sparked the next great thing, either for you or the person on the receiving end.
This organization has faced challenges and navigated turning points for over a century. Now, if the pandemic has given us anything, it’s the opportunity to be even more flexible in learning to meet student parents where they are and support them in where they want to go.
Prospective changes in childcare policies at national and local levels may bring Goodwin and our partner agencies to a new juncture. As we await a clearer picture of how we’ll be impacted, we’re taking steps to sustain and deepen the impact our program has on our families. Goodwin Connections offers valuable, life-changing connections and support for student parents. And, as we look to our organization’s future, we are thoughtfully considering what our program’s next best connection point will be. We expect that as our families and economy recover from the pandemic, we will extend our impact in ways that
carry on beyond graduation day and help build parents’ social capital and career prospects.
More to come soon. For now, we remain grateful for the outpouring of support you continue to show Goodwin and our student parents and their children. As an organization with a lot of history under its’ belt, we know that change can take time. And, we also know from experience that when it is time to change, we will be there for our families in the ways they need it most.
Wishing many heartfelt connections for you in the New Year,