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Development: Funding our Future Joelene Evenson Director of Development Bill Mojica Director of Development, MD 5 | NOV/DEC 2018 Season of Giving These are just a handful of the ways in which philanthropy has affected the lives of the youth and families we are dedicated to supporting. While most of us are not actively fundraising for Nexus, we all play a role in inviting people into our organization and giving them the opportunity to be part of our work. Our thanks go out to all of you who have played a role in making philanthropy happen this year by: writing thank you notes, and inviting youth to create thank you cards; reaching out to potential donors; volunteering at fundraising or community events; making your own donation and contributing to clothing and back-to-school drives; providing tours for community groups and prospective donors; sharing stories of success and your own “why” stories; identifying families and youth willing to share their stories; sharing social media posts with your network; engaging your family and friends in activities on and off campus; sharing your musical and artistic talents, and so much MORE! Thank you for caring about our youth and families, our colleagues, and our communities. Your passion and commitment is contagious and helps us reach out to others who want to make a difference in their own way. By Joelene Evenson As we wrap up 2018, it’s the perfect time to reflect back on the amazing generosity that has positively impacted the youth and families we served throughout the year. • Young men have greater opportunities to develop work skills that build their future. • Youth attended their very first professional sports game. • Emergency child care was made available to a family in need. • “Kids could be kids” at a summer picnic and day at Valley Fair for foster and adoptive families. • New clothes, blankets, flip flops, school supplies and more helped youth feel “special.” • Youth are looking forward to gaining additional skills in a new kitchen nearing completion. • A new Automated External Defibrillator (AED) was purchased to support staff and youth health. • Youth homelessness was prevented. • Families were reunited and celebrated. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” -Dr Seuss, The Lorax


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