May 2022
A Note from our Executive Director

Dear friend,

My heart is aching. This week, we saw 19 children and two adults brutally murdered at school. Last week, we saw 10 human beings slaughtered while shopping in the grocery store. A hate crime. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s just too much! What are we to do? How are we to retain our humanity when we feel overwhelmed by the trauma, the racism, the brokenness of the world? Those are the days when we need community, we need trusted relationships, we need buffering.

That is the role that IVYP strives to play for children, for families, and for our community. We cannot solve all the worlds’ problems. We cannot end poverty, racism, and trauma. Neither can we shy away from addressing those wounds. We do our work through relationships of trust. In partnership with others we speak out. In partnership with others we care for children and for families and for ourselves.

May is Teacher appreciation month and Mental Health Awareness month. I know you aware of just how much stress is involved in being a teacher. Especially an early childhood teacher. We need to do everything in our power to ensure that our teachers feel appreciated, valued and safe. I invite you to take a moment to reach out to a teacher in your life who made a difference.

Join me in saying, "Thank You." Because even when we’re feeling overwhelmed, disheartened, outraged, expressing gratitude help us feel more grounded.

Lori Goodman
Executive Director

This Month at the Children's Center
This month our Children's Center celebrated Teacher Appreciation week with a full week of special activities, notes, and gifts. We are so grateful to each and every person who contributes their time, talent and passion to our Children's Center every day. The work you do enriches the life of a child and strengthens the future of our community.

If you or someone you know is interested in joining our Children's Center team click here
LEAP 2022 - Thank you!
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the third annual LEAP Awards! Because of your overwhelming support, we were able to raise over $46,000 to support the children and families of the Goleta Valley! Big thanks to all those who made LEAP a huge success including our staff, board, supporters, and of course our IVYP families! We hope to see you next year at LEAP! The full event will be available to watch soon on IVYP's Youtube channel so stay tuned!

Staff Spotlight - Nazanin Sahahir

"I wish people knew that IVYP is the most supportive group that someone can work with. They do their best to support their staff and students as much as possible."

Harvest of the Month

Each month we share a healthy, easy and affordable recipe to try that highlights ingredients you can get at our food distribution and free farm stand. This month we are highlighting summer squash! The summer squash originates from Mexico and Central America. Scientists have even found summer squash seeds preserved in Mexican caves that are over 10,000 years old! Summer squash is a versatile vegetable and we love this roasted recipe!
Read the full recipe here
Get Involved with IVYP
IVYP needs your support as we work hard to support our community in the wake of COVID-19. We’ve stepped up and we need your help to continue. Please consider a donation to IVYP’s COVID-19 Response Fund to help us continue to provide the caring, proactive and flexible support our community needs. 
Be a diaper champion by sponsoring the cost of diapers for local families. Diapers are one of the most consistent requests from our families at our FRC. Disposable diapers can cost as much as $100 per month per baby so every contribution makes a big difference.
Did you know that many of our most vulnerable students don’t have a dedicated place at home to do their school work? IVYP will purchase and distribute folding desks to any GUSD student who has a need through our new Study Table Fund. To support this effort click here to donate.
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Goleta, CA 93116

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