Director’s Notes is pushing pause today to hear from one of the newest members of our OMD family. As Volunteer Coordinator for our Caldwell, Idaho office, Sarah Wicks has written the story of her first experience as an Office Mom. It is a beautiful tribute to the raw heartbreak of volunteering, the richness of parenthood, and the abundance found in the middle of it.
Fundraising is not my favorite thing. This is no secret. In fact, I’ve said it to crowds I was fundraising in front of. If it were up to me, I would barter and trade my way through life – one labor of love for another. If it were up to me, world currency would be based on the going rate for a jar of lovingly prepared strawberry jam or pickled beets….
It got me thinking, what would life be like for a person whose roots were shallow – or spread thin? What if you grew up in so many different places, at so many different addresses, that you had no place to retreat where the air is heavy and sunsets last for hours – a place you could call home and be from…
I have an eight year old boy who is very perceptive, and likes to have deep discussions at the most inopportune times. On the way to school this week he wanted to know what good could come of a tragedy such as the Eagle Creek Fire…
Back in January Kim suggested we do a 5K run as a fundraiser. I laughed and said, “Sarah doesn’t run.” There’s a perfectly good explanation for this, which happens to be the same reason I refer to myself in the third person during my statement of defiance…
Hope and Change. President Obama wasn’t the first to come up with the concept. Western civilization has been chanting that mantra for generations, particularly around the start of a new year.
This next installment of Director’s Notes aims to highlight our Lakewood Volunteer Coordinator, Jessica Vargo. Read on to learn her tips and tricks for thriving during the Holidays with five small children!
The moment I walked through her front door I felt at home. The smell of fresh cut flowers met the sparkle of airy painted walls, white tile, and handcrafted woodwork. Mandy Neill and her husband Matt have made their home in Seattle a haven for friends, family, and foster children, and anyone else who finds themselves on their steps.
The first time I met Jeanmarie Moore I knew she was special. Office Moms & Dads had only been operating for six months, but we were eager to share the idea with our neighbors in Cowlitz County, Washington. She had travelled to our office in Vancouver with her counterpart, Teresa Rivera, who would later become the in-office liaison for the Cowlitz program, and together they would champion the implementation of the first-ever extension of Office Moms & Dads, “from the time I went to Vancouver to see how they did things, I was hooked. This was a GOOD idea that really made a difference”.
Foster parents, relative placements and guardians alike who care for children outside of their own with a never giving up mentality, and the “I will fight for you always” type of care, is something I’ve heard being referred to as Bleeding Hearts. I have the great fortune of knowing many such families which is a […]