It is hard to believe next month will mark my one-year anniversary as Executive Director of WCAC.  I would not have predicted a global pandemic and economic cliff-fall as the first crises I would face in my first year. Thankfully, I have a great team at WCAC that is working together to plan, respond and persist through these unprecedented times and think about the long-term role of WCAC in the community. 

We know through decades of work that our clients are disproportionately impacted by policies and pathologies that have diminished their ability to prosper. This has never been better highlighted than during our current public health and economic crises created by COVID19. COVID19 has been the great floodlight, shining light on massive inequities across our health, education, housing, and social systems. 

As executive director, I want to harness all that WCAC has to offer and take our work to the next level to not only be a stabilizing factor but also be a propellant that launches our clients to a place where the need for our services is ultimately obsolete. This requires our agency to imagine a community where our work is playing an active role in breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty for every neighbor we serve. 

In the coming months, WCAC anticipates a far greater demand for our services as our collective community looks to recover from the devastating impact of the COVID19 crisis. Our focus first is, and will continue to be, the health and well-being of our staff and clients. 

As we celebrate WCAC's 55th anniversary in conjunction with Community Action Awareness month throughout the month of May, WCAC stands committed and ready now and into the future to help and connect vulnerable families with the resources they need survive and thrive.

If you are in a position to support our efforts, particularly during these challenging times, I would encourage you to make a donation online today. Together, we do better.