Everyone is welcome here. Those simple, powerful words have been at the heart of the Helpline’s mission since we started assisting our neighbors in need 35 years ago. But today those words have a profound new urgency.
We are in unprecedented times. There is so much uncertainty and fear about the future. While we don’t receive any federal funding, we are very concerned about the impact future policy changes may have for many of our clients and are making sure we stay engaged and informed about any changes. We are also affirming our commitment to serve everyone — regardless of their background, legal status, or beliefs — with respect and dignity. One response to this uncertainty is the number of people who are stepping up and looking for ways to get involved. I am so amazed and heartened by how many people are contacting us daily asking how they can support our work. “I feel like I have to do something and my community is where I want to focus my efforts” is typical of what people are saying. We have seen a significant jump in volunteer applications from all kinds of people who bring a wealth and breadth of experience and skills. From retired seniors (see Sheila’s volunteer profile, below) to energetic millennials, we always strive to find meaningful ways for people to participate, taking advantage of their skills and interests to make a difference.
One of our more important and interesting volunteer positions is serving on our Board. Our Board of Directors are smart, dedicated, and tireless. I am grateful every day for their commitment, hard work, and trust. They help with the strategic direction of the Helpline, oversee our financial well-being, and assist with everything from communications to fundraising. Our board members are an impressive cross-section of our community, from realtors to CFO’s and everyone in between; you can see a full list on our website. We are currently looking for 2-3 new Board members. Serving is a great way to give back to your community. We specifically need people with experience in fundraising or event planning, and strong community connections. If you or someone you know might be interested, please feel free to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am happy to discuss this opportunity in more detail. Thanks for the difference you are making.