Hope for Children Now – YOU Stepped Up In a Big Way!
By Jim Wambach
May 30, 2020
Your unwavering support will nurture and equip vulnerable children to rise above!
On behalf of Children Rising, I want to thank you for supporting Hope for Children Now 2020. You stepped up in a big way, and we are both humble and grateful for your response.
I remember the first gala planning we held just a day after the COVID-19 shelter in place orders were announced here in the Bay Area. With little time to spare, we made the immediate decision to pivot from our traditional gala to a series of “virtual” events that would culminate in our LIVE online gala.
Although at times it felt like we were “building the airplane while flying it”, we never doubted that you would come through like never before. You didn’t waiver!
Through our first ever Virtual 5K, Online Auction, and Facebook Live event, we are grateful to announce that you helped us raise $110,000 to date! We are overwhelmed by your generosity during these uncertain times. Thank you.
While we can celebrate reaching our goals, let’s not forget that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a far-reaching impact on all of us. As you know, it has led to a catastrophic disruption to normal routines of life for many of the children, youth, and families in our programs. It has further widened the achievement gap that already existed in our own community. And it has brought into very clear focus the digital divide that remains an impediment to so many students in our community.
Your gift will provide the support needed to adapt our programs and continue to deliver one-on-one literacy and math intervention, mentoring, and nourishment our children so desperately need.
Together, we will continue to nurture and equip vulnerable children and youth to rise above the challenges created by generations of poverty, violence, and educational inequity.
PS: If you missed it, you can check out Hope for Children Now LIVE and hear inspiring stories from our students, tutors, teachers, and a special message from Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.
YES, I CAN nourish and sustain a vulnerable child TODAY.