It’s funny. You go along on your normal breakneck pace and then – whump – you are stopped in your tracks by a virus. As you make your way back, (as I did, am doing) your pace is slower. You can be frustrated by this change but you can also welcome this slower pace–utilize it. Use it to think about the possibilities of things. Thinking positively, thinking creatively, but maybe just a bit more slowly as you recover your strength. So, apologies for the posting gap, but that’s what’s happening. We’re not in hibernation, we’re in that space that occurs when intention and energy are not entirely matched up.
Just as a start, let’s recap: We all recognize that supporting kids is important; building opportunities for kids, opening doors, ensuring that every kid has the opportunity for success. We know that you care about that and we do, too. But how do we do it? What exactly is Washington County Kids? What exactly do we do? We are a consortium of individuals and organizations, collectively supporting the goal of providing sustainable funding to nonprofits that provide early childhood, before and after school, and summer programs, including nutrition components; programs for all children — and our mission is to ensure they have enough money to help all kids.
We’ll continue to talk about the possibilities, that is to say the ways we can support this mission, and we’ll start with some conversations. Conversations are a great start because we have many partners in this mission. Hopefully, you’re one of them. Stay tuned.
It’s difficult to express how grateful we are for friends and supporters being able to come together Saturday, September 23, 2017 at our very first fundraiser. It was a beautiful afternoon and there are SO many people to thank that we just need a moment to collect our thoughts (our next post will have details). Today, we’re collectively grateful, grateful, like in a bowl– so grateful. Rustic beauty abounds at Helvetia Vineyards and Winery, a lovely venue. Let me just share a couple of the pictures we have so you can recall the afternoon if you were there or imagine it if you were unable to attend. And we’ll be back to you soon (posting-wise). Here’s a link to our Facebook Album which we hope you enjoy. Just a reminder, we have our monthly board meeting tomorrow, Monday, September 25 at 6:30pm at the Hillsboro Shute Park Library. We’ll be sending our newsletter out soon and it will have lots of thank yous and lots of pictures. We hope you enjoy them. Our conversations focusing on solutions that impact the future of children in Washington County will be something that we’ll talk about. We have lots of conversations coming up and we very much hope you’ll be a part of them.
It can be hard to leave your kids with a sitter for the first time. And sometimes it’s hard to give your kids space to make their own decisions. But you do. You know that it’s good for you and for them. It’s important for them to know that they can do things on their own. It’s also good to have them experience that the things that are possible in life are possible because of the network of many. It’s wonderful to realize that things that you plant in your life have the opportunity to grow and that there are lots of people you can count on as you “garden.” You can’t do it entirely on your own. No matter how self reliant you are, you need help. You need community. So when Katie takes a trip (for example to Spain, which is about 5, 411 miles away) she knows that the Washington County Kids’ team of supporters is on the case. It’s a good feeling. And you can carry the love and caring in your heart no matter where you travel – it’s just there. Katie loves Washington County Kids, Chuck too.
“Through my screens come tiny black shards that lived, three days ago, as old growth Douglas fir bark. On my porch floor is grey ash. Three days ago, it was a branch woven into a bald eagle’s nest, or the dried grass in a mouse’s burrow, or the insect-laden trunk of a snag. The pileated woodpecker who mined that tree is somewhere safe, I hope. The insects… they’re atomized, small victims…”
–Laura Foster, author and naturalist
When we experience a loss, even if it is not our backyard, not our trees, not our house, it is something we witness and we’re affected. Devastation on a large scale is hard to process. The Eagle Creek Fire that’s still burning out of control in the Columbia River Gorge is having an emotional impact on many of us. What to do? Perhaps we can take this time to regroup as typically we do each fall anyway. But perhaps this time let’s focus not only on what we’re grateful for that we have; friends, family, etc., but let’s be grateful for what we will do and can do. We can work together to make a doorway to success possible for those less fortunate. For the opportunity for renewal begins with hope and determination. [ today’s thought after reading about the fire]
Chuck Riley, Oregon’s State Senator and a great champion for kids, was at the latest monthly board meeting for Washington County Kids. Chuck shared lots of ideas and there was plenty of discussion about how best to help kids and support their success. The next WCK board meeting was moved from its normal Monday spot (due to the eclipse!). Join us Tuesday, August 22nd at the Hillsboro Shute Park Library at 6:30. Hope to see you there!