April is always special at Casa de Esperanza, as it marks Volunteer Appreciation month and gives us the opportunity to highlight the many ways volunteers contribute to our mission.

Volunteer Appreciation Month looked different last year, as we all focused on pivoting our programs and communications in response to the pandemic. Through it all, volunteers continued to "show up." Our boards provided leadership and support, groups held donation drives, and volunteers read books to our children via Zoom. The many notes, calls and other communications we received truly helped us as we worked our way through the many challenges of the year.

And, while we aren't yet back to "normal," we are beginning our transition plans to once again welcome visitors and volunteers to our neighborhood. In fact, our annual Building Hope for Children Gala, which was held virtually on April 18, could not have happened without the creativity of our volunteer co-chairs, planning committee, dinner packers, and delivery drivers. It was great to see so many old friends, and we look forward to many more opportunities to see you all in the coming months.

April also marks Child Abuse Prevention Month. Casa de Esperanza's mission to end the cycle of child abuse and neglect is a year-round one, but we take this opportunity to focus on the importance of a community-wide effort to identify, intervene and put a stop to child abuse and neglect. Our gratitude goes out to everyone who has donated or hosted a fundraiser during this important awareness month. Your care and your support allows us to provide safety and hope for children at-risk of abuse.

With sincere love and gratitude,