Fifteen years ago, former Wellspring board member and Boeing Communications Director Russ Young had never heard of Wellspring. But after being invited by friend and Wellspring board member Sherry Nebel to our annual Powerful Change luncheon, Russ was immediately inspired. “After hearing the powerful client stories and the mission of Wellspring, I was hooked,” Russ notes. “I was amazed and impressed by the stories of personal growth, and of Wellspring’s commitment to building a stronger community.”
Fast-forward three years, and Russ became a member of Wellspring’s Board of Directors, and a passionate advocate for our work. In 2008, his support helped raise the $6 million needed to develop our capital campaign and build our Rainier offices. In 2009, he encouraged our name transition from “Family Services of King County” to “Wellspring Family Services”. In 2011 and 2012, he courageously stood in front of a full ballroom of more than 1,000 influential community members and asked them to support Wellspring’s services for a stronger society. For 12 years, he served in numerous positions of leadership, including chairman, on our Board of Directors and fostered influential community partnerships. With his long-standing commitment to Wellspring and to our community at-large, Russ is an ideal recipient for our Wellspring Founders Award.
“Wellspring has the willingness and courage to tell others not just what we do, but also to ask them to join us in making a difference,” Russ emphasizes. “Our employees, volunteers, and donors succeed in making measurable, positive impacts on the lives of children and families. I’ve found that those who hear the Wellspring story for the first time come away feeling impressed and inspired. Wellspring has exciting plans for the future, and I look forward to being involved.”
With dedicated supporters like Russ, we have been able to help tens of thousands of children, families, and individuals in crisis triumph over trauma to reach their potential. We are grateful for his enthusiasm and passion, and are thrilled to present him with this year’s Wellspring Founders Award. Congratulations, Russ!