You know that saying, “The years are short, but the days are long?” I think a lot of us are feeling that way around here. How in the world could Parenting Now! turn 40 this October? For some of our long-time staff, it feels like just yesterday they were meeting with groups in people’s homes as Birth To Three when the nonprofit was just a whisper of the community presence it has now become.
However, there is one way we can see the evidence of our years: donation records. We now have alumni whose Birth To Three babies give to us. We have huge filing cabinets recognizing decades of giving from the many who recognize the value of our work, but especially our alumni, who know first-hand the impact Parenting Now! has on our community.
Mike and Anna Lowden is one such couple. Mike and Anna have supported us for over 25 years. Their no-nonsense, good humored affect is always such a welcome face at our events. This past fall at our Tastings Open House, Mike and Anna wanted to know if we had any capital needs—things that needed tending to on our building. Little did they know, our roof had been leaking in multiple places and we were desperate to find a way to pay for it. Because when you are 40, things do start to break down.
Two months later, a card arrived on Lynne’s desk. A sweet note and a check for $25,000 towards our roof, signed, Mike and Anna Lowden. Old friends. Because as we all know, you don’t make it this far without friends.
To all of you who have made the past 40 years possible, thank you. Together, we have rewritten stories, created communities, and made this an amazing place to live.
If you are interested in other ways you can help with the roof and other creaks and cracks that need tending to, please contact Stephanie Edwards, Director of External Relations at 541-349-7793 or firstname.lastname@example.org.