Tim Wayman, chair of the FamilyForward Board of Directors, explains how FamilyForward is ideally positioned for success in 2022 and beyond.
After two years of pandemic-related challenges, FamilyForward is ideally positioned for success in 2022 and beyond! While many families served by our two-year program suffered illness, job loss and extraordinary financial struggles during this period, most have regained their footing toward reaching program objectives. They are making progress, encouraged and empowered every step of the way by the volunteer mentors and staff at FamilyForward.
We have also formalized and expanded our short-term financial-assistance program. Originally centered on those facing pandemic-related challenges, more families now qualify for this short-term help (usually lasting 1-2 months). Working in coordination with other agencies, we are helping these families get back on track.
Our executive director, Erica Chianelli, brings energy, creativity and fresh perspectives to her new position. Erica is leading the charge to increase outreach efforts to identify more in-need, qualified families as well as new sources of income.
For the first time in 11 years, FamilyForward will host a golf outing on June 2. Our annual Giving Hope fundraising event will be held in person rather than virtually, on October 2. Additionally, we are seeking to expand our board of directors with community leaders and advocates for low-income families while creating a separate advisory board to attract new ambassadors to our cause.
Of course, none of this is possible without you — the townships, churches, foundations, businesses, individuals and other entities that provide financial support. A huge thank-you for your continued generosity and commitment!