We are nearing the end of our annual campaign. The ongoing support of individual donors, foundations, and corporations is amazing. I am so heartened to know that our community supports us in lots of different ways, and financial support is crucial. We operate on a very small budget each year, and the largest part of our income comes from individual donors, i.e., people writing checks. This year, amounts have varied from $15.00 to $500.00 and everything in between.
There’s nothing better than opening up our post office box and finding a pile of small donation envelopes waiting! While the emphasis of Neighbor to Neighbor is obviously on the people we help, the financial bit is a detail we can’t not pay attention to (bad grammar). If you have made a donation, my sincere thanks. If you would like to make a donation, just click on the Donate tab.
We wrote two successful grants in 2018. We’re two for two! Grant writing is something I am new to, so I’m pretty proud that we’ve been successful. All of that graduate work in English is paying off! We will look for other grant opportunities throughout the year and work to increase our income.
Monthly Events. Kathy Malley and Martha Thompson, two of our steering committee members, are the monthly event mavens. They are awesome at coming up with clever ways to entertain our care recipients, and if you know Martha, you probably know that she is a wonderful cook. Martha and Kathy work hard to feed and entertain our care recipients and volunteers. If you would like to attend one of our events, they are almost always on the third Thursday of each month. Give me a call at the office, and I will add you to the RSVP list. It’s important to let me know if you’re coming so we can plan accordingly for lunch.
Fundraising. We have some ideas in the works for fundraising events in 2019. Visit the webpage to see updates. One thing that is challenging here in rural Vermont is finding a venue that is large enough to hold an event. Parking is also a major issue. If you have or know of a venue that will host 100+ people (and their cars), don’t be shy! Please let us know.
Thanks for tuning in. I hope to post more frequently this year. As always, thank you for making Neighbor to Neighbor a success. The work we do is good and important, and we plan to continue doing it far into the future.