Thursday, September 3, 2009

Bump Watch

That's right! We are watching my growing baby bump each day now, waiting for my baby girl to finally arrive. This is a very exciting time for my family.

Ambassadors for Children is essentially a 1-person agency. As the Director, I do not have an Assistant or other staff to ensure our programs continue to run smoothly and efficiently while I am on maternity leave. Therefore, I will continue to monitor all programs and perform necessary functions from home for 10 weeks following the birth of my daughter (until I return to full-time work). All of the Ambassadors for Children programs will continue during this time, and we will continue to accept donations, referrals for Project Self-Esteem, referrals for our Tutoring program, and Volunteer Tutor applications. We will also continue to monitor data for all programs.

The great work we do must continue as we strive to ensure quality services and supports for local abused & neglected children!

Big Thanks to Many!

We would like to thank Ozarks Health Advocacy Foundation for a $6,000 grant award in support of our Project Self-Esteem program. This gift was desperately needed, as Project Self-Esteem has experienced an explosion of growth in 2009. This is already a record-breaking year for this program and we are excited to be serving more foster children!

A huge Thank You as well to James River Assembly Cherish Kid's Ministry, who donated $1,500 in gift cards to Walmart and Target for our Kid's Clothes Closet program. This is a great blessing, as the Kid's Clothes Closet is also heading toward a record-breaking year and we are struggling to stretch our funding to meet the increased need.

Price Cutter Charity Championship 2009

This year was a great success for Ambassadors for Children as we participated in the 20th annual Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr. Pepper! We sold over 260 raffle tickets this year and smashed our record of 108 set in 2008. As the Ambassadors for Children Director, I once again joined the Charity Auction Committee and am happy to report that we estimate the Auction made about $10,000 more than it did in 2008.

Times are difficult, but the local giving spirit lives on to ensure the most vulnerable folks in our area continue to receive the services they need.

Thank you to everyone who helped sell raffle tickets, purchased raffle tickets, volunteered at the Auction, and donated items for the Auction. You are appreciated so much!