NEW Board Member Goes Above and Beyond

NEW Board members help NEW staff with myriad tasks from big to small: overseeing the budget, strategizing for the future, securing auction items, working on committees and more. But the most recent action of one board member – and the Chair of the Board no less!- took selflessness to a whole NEW level!

Evan Piekara, who has served on the Board for almost four years and as Chair for one, wanted to do something more for New Endeavors during these strange Covid-19 times. He was inspired by the staff, many of whom are considered essential, to write letters to all 25 of them and express his thanks for their work with women in need. 

NEW’s staff has always provided phenomenal service, and the staff continues to bring the energy, enthusiasm, and creativity to help provide essential services during this pandemic,” Piekara said. “They are doing what they can to encourage, empower, and provide support to help these women continue to move out of homelessness during such a challenging time.”

Piekara, who is a senior manager at accounting and advising firm, BDO as well as a father, dedicated more than three hours to writing the notes. When one case manager heard about the letters, she said, “My heart is full.”

Executive Director Wanda Steptoe noted, “It’s this kind of compassion that has come to define our Board. Each Board member truly has an authentic passion for NEW and a deep desire to help women in need in any way they can. I look to the board and people like Evan for the hope that we need in the world today and always.”

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It’s been a challenging time for all of us as we adjust our days, our budgets and our expectations to COVID-19. And now, add a city and country grasping for footing after the death of an unarmed black man by a white police officer and we all feel even more out of control, unstable, and concerned about the future. Here at NEW we know that one way we can process our own feelings is to think about the needs and feelings of others.

We need you. The women need you. Your community needs you. Now more than ever women and children in DC need a safe and stable place to live.