The solstice that marks the onset of summer has recently passed. It is a time of longer days in the sun, baseball, ice cream, and vacations with family and friends. And while all that is true for many, for some in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties it is not. Those whose basic needs are going unmet count on our local nonprofits to support them.
To that end members of the Grant Committee recently completed their evaluation of the projects that this year’s nonprofit applicants brought forward. We’re preparing to present this year’s finalists for member consideration and celebration. As with every year, you will not want to miss what we have planned for September, including an in-person Grant Celebration on the 24th.
Much is also afoot with the other member committees who bring Impact100 East Bay to life. The Events Committee is also preparing for August 18th where we’ll hear from previous year’s grant recipients about their progress on the projects we funded. This is always a “dreams come true” get together. Visit www.impact100eastbay.org to register for all upcoming events.
Membership Committee members are reaching out to 2022 new and renewing members over the summer to explore ways we can broaden our outreach to organizations and individuals who have yet to hear about us. They’re also checking in with folks who have indicated they would like to volunteer. Remember we have many one-time small activities where you can help, as well as with the more significant ones.
The Board recently kicked off succession planning for the few openings we know we will have on the Board in 2023. We initiated the process earlier this year to give us sufficient time to make you all aware of the Board’s needs and give members a chance to explore areas of interest.
This note will serve as your first alert. We’ll have openings in the Membership and Marketing areas and in the Treasurer’s position. We’ll also need volunteers who will play a critically important role in the financial and organizational analysis associated with the grant process. These folks will not serve on the Board, but work with the Grant Committee in the March-May timeframe.
When you last heard from me, I was planning a move to Maryland to be close to my daughter’s family. Since April my husband and I have been settling in and enjoying our new roles as Nana and Papa to our sweet granddaughter Hattie. As I mentioned at the time, Stephanie Shaw has served as Co-President, allowing me to take a few months off to settle into my new home and life. I’m back at the helm through Summer into Fall. I cannot thank Stephanie and the rest of our great Board enough for their support and flexibility.
I look forward to sharing the excitement of the balance of this year with you all.
Impact100 East Bay