What attracted you to the organization/Why did you get involved?
I got involved because I have a heart for children in need of love, acceptance and compassion. As a mother of five, I realize how fortunate I am, and I want to give back and help those who could benefit from my experience.
In your opinion, what is the most important work that this organization does?
I believe the Safe Babies program is the most important work of First3Years. Lessening the long-term impact of neglect and reuniting families when possible gives infants and toddlers a better chance of having healthy and happy lives in functioning families.
How does First3Years uniquely contribute to the community?
First3Years reaches a segment of the population that is often forgotten because they cannot speak for themselves. As 39% of child abuse and neglect cases are infants and toddlers, this is a vital service to our community. I love that they include foster parents in CPS visits now, because it makes the visits less traumatic for the babies.
What do you hope the organization will achieve in the near future?
I am looking forward to seeing the redecorated rooms at CPS completed. A group from Celanese went out and painted the visitation rooms, and so I am excited to see all the new furniture, toys, pictures, books, etc. that will make children more comfortable at visitation times.
Does anyone in your life play a role in supporting your involvement? In providing inspiration?
Celanese is incredibly supportive of employee volunteerism. In fact, employees are encouraged to volunteer 16 paid hours per year. We also have a foundation that offers grants and project funding to organizations that serve primary education, thriving families and safe places. We are fortunate to have a company that values giving back to the community.