A Word from Mark
Dear Friends of WTLC,
Did you know? This month we celebrate National Nonprofit Day. That’s right, the birth of nonprofits in the U.S. happened on August 17 th , 1894, when the Tariff Act became law and gave exemptions for nonprofit organizations. Today, we celebrate National Nonprofit Day by recognizing the nonprofit industry and the vast impact of their “needle moving” work in our communities. As we all know, nonprofit organizations – like WTLC – play a vital role in building healthy communities by providing critical services that contribute to economic stability and mobility.

While it’s pretty obvious to see how nonprofits directly improve the lives of individuals and families, they also play a large role to our overall economy. For instance, nonprofits employ over 12.3 million people, exceeding those of other industries such as construction, transportation, and finance in the U.S. Furthermore, their purchasing power and other business operations have an even broader impact by creating economic activity that ripple through our community.

So I hope you can join me in taking a moment to recognize and appreciate our favorite nonprofit organizations and their contributions to the overall well-being of our communities.

With Appreciation,

Mark
Alex Finds Connection In the Most Unexpected Place During Quarantine
Alex, in between school semesters and frustrated with being stuck at home with their parents, was looking for something new and stimulating to do at home while social distancing.

“I thought I would get to finish out my senior year with my best friend after our extended spring break,” said Alex, who is now quarantining with their family in Fullerton, CA. “And then businesses started opening again so I was hopeful life would go back to normal but then it seemed to get worse with all the closings.” Alex is one of at least 14 million college students affected by the pandemic, according to an estimate by a Georgetown professor.

After another evening of scrolling through social media, Alex stumbled upon WTLC’s Facebook Live Stream, “Navigating and Adapting to Our New Normal,” and joined in on a whim. For a brief moment, Alex didn’t feel isolated but rather felt connected and understood when WTLC Advocate Jessica talked about the unique stressors on college students right now due to the pandemic because of their uncertain educational opportunities and futures.  
Cyber Bullying: Hard to Measure but Easy to Spot
Bullying is something that is hard to measure but we all think we’d know it if we see it. Some folks have experienced bullying first-hand and others may have been a witness to it. Adults and parents today may think of bullying as purely physical and in-person. However, as advancements in technology have brought us further, there is also a more troubling side to technology. Cyber-bullying is one of the unfortunate results of an online world. 
Thank You to our HEROs
Thank you to the HEROs who are keeping the survivors at WTLC in their thoughts during these uncertain times!

Thank you to the Anaheim Community Foundation for awarding WTLC $15,000 to support our COVID-19 response. This year, to help organizations like ours continue to provide essential services during the pandemic, ACF introduced their Response & Recovery Grant Program. With these funds, WTLC will be able to purchase Personal Protective Equipment and continue to provide supportive services, food, transportation assistance, and other essentials to survivors during this difficult time.

Thank you as well to the Keith and Judy Swayne Family Foundation , who introduced their COVID-19 Emergency Grants earlier this year to provide organizations the flexible funding necessary to remain safe, accessible, and responsive to the changing health situation. WTLC is grateful to have received $20,000 to support our general operations, ensuring we remain available to provide life-saving services to the survivors and families in our programs. 

We are so grateful to foundations like these who have introduced funding, adjusted their grant cycles, and expanded their focus areas in response to COVID-19. This flexibility has been key in ensuring we remain available to address the community’s needs with the urgency they require.

Thank you, Anaheim Community Foundation and Keith and Judy Swayne Family Foundation!
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