I hope you had a good Fourth. At NEW, we spent the holiday celebrating the end of a successful Spring Challenge. Because guess what? We made our goal! You helped us raise $37,401!
That’s right. It’s an odd number, and we didn’t round up or down. Because your every last, late night, last minute donation — some as small as $10 — helped us raise $22,401. Of that, $15,000 was matched dollar-for-dollar by Anne and John Raffaelli.
On behalf of the women and children we serve, we cannot thank you enough. Especially as we go through the summer. As you can probably guess, everyone notices homelessness the most in winter. It’s hard not to, when that one person in the crowd isn’t trying to get inside and warm like the rest of us. But make no mistake, the summer is tricky. After all, that may just be another person lingering a bit longer at the store, or having a quick sit down in the shade, right?
But the traditional push of the holidays or the end-of-year giving that helps us tide our clients from November to April, is missing in the summer. And the situation is twice as fraught for clients with children, because summer vacation often means that the one stable thing in their lives — school, and the shelter, nutrition, and routine it provides — is missing.
Your donations to the Spring Challenge, every last dollar, will especially allow us to serve the mothers who come to NEW. It will help us provide a sense of security for 61 children currently being served. Thank You.
We’ll have updates through the summer from some of the programs geared towards youth such as New Generations, New Horizons, and YEP! Until then, have a great summer, and please do save the date for our Fall Gala! Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at the Marriot Marquis, Washington D.C.