January 27, 2012

From the Executive Director

Posted in From The Executive Director at 6:18 pm by Lund

2012 is going to be an exciting year for us and we want to share with you 12 action items Lund has in store for the New Year:

JanuaryNew look, New Website: We’ve already unveiled our new logo thanks to the incredible work of Lund’s Branding Committee led by Lisa Pizzagalli, Aimee Marti, Sara Byers and Maurine Gilbert with design expertise offered by Harvey|Severance, including a change from doing business as “Lund Family Center” to “Lund.” We will be launching our new website very soon with the help of Eternity Web, Linda Allen and Harvey|Severance. Stay Tuned!

February:  February 9th Lund staff and board members are participating in Common Good Vermont’s Nonprofit Day at the Statehouse. Did you know that nonprofits make up 18.7% of Vermont’s Gross State Product annually or that the total annual revenue of Vermont’s nonprofit sector is 4.6 billion dollars?  (Statistics from Vermont Community Foundation).  Not only do nonprofits help make Vermont a special place they also play a large role in Vermont’s economy!

March: On March 29th, Lund is hosting an exciting new event called the “Lund Heart of the Community Awards” where we’ll honor three leaders in the community for their enduring contributions. This event comes in the midst of National Women’s History Month, so it’s especially appropriate to honor three very special women in our community.

AprilNational Volunteer Month: We are so grateful to our volunteers and have many one-time and ongoing volunteer opportunities.

As we plant Lund’s vegetable gardens we are excited to be part of Senator’s Leahy’s Farm to Plate Initiative!    What a great way to ensure good nutrition and food for children and families.

Lund holds its phonathon on April 16th and 17th!

May: Lund’s Mother’s Day Bike Ride on May 13th is a great way to have some fun with your family and friends, start your spring training, or just get out with other members of the community. Join more than 300 cyclists for a family ride or 10, 30 or 55 mile ride through scenic Vermont.

June: Lund’s Honoring Ceremony is a joyous occasion celebrating the educational successes of our students who have finished a grade level, are graduating from high school, completing their G.E.D. or job training program.

Our Mad Hatters Event is back this year.  Another whimsical and fun day for the family.  What a great way to welcome summer.

July: Happy New Year!  Lund’s fiscal year starts July 1st!    The support we get from our funders, donors and sponsors, as well as from volunteers is a big part of Lund’s budget!  Did you know close to 1 million dollars of Lund’s 6.5 million dollar budget comes from private donations, grants and supporters?  Thank you!   We could not do it without you!

August:  As kids prepare to go back to school,  so many in our community work to make sure that the children that Lund serves start off on the right foot by orchestrating a backpack drive. Charlotte Congregational Church, Citizen’s Bank and Gadhue’s Dry Cleaners have donated hundreds of backpacks and school supplies helping children have the supplies they need to start school.

SeptemberUnited Way Campaign:  Lund is a proud member of the United Way of Addison and Chittenden Counties.  September is traditionally the United Way kickoff.

National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month    Lund works to assure gender specific treatment for pregnant and parenting women, both on an outpatient and residential basis.

The Adoption Picnic is a special time of year for us at Lund.  It’s our annual celebration of adoption and helping creating forever families.

OctoberLund Staff Awards and Years of Service Awards:  Each year we recognize our staff for their years of service, as well as present the annual Elizabeth Lund Employee of the Year Award.   Our staff are what make Lund.  We are thrilled to recognize and appreciate them for all they do.

November: National Adoption Month is a perfect time for us to reflect how adoption has helped us build and strengthen so many families

Thanksgiving is a special  time for us to show our  gratitude for all of the incredible stories we get to witness here at Lund, to our donors and supporters for their generosity, to our staff and volunteers for their hard work and dedication; and to our clients who every day are an inspiration to us.

DecemberHoliday Giving:  Our community drive to help assure holiday gifts for children and families that Lund serves who would otherwise not have presents.  Our annual appeal, a time when many of our supporters make an annual contribution to support Lund’s work.

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