Why do I give?

'Children and families are one of our most precious resources.'

'Wellspring is giving children and their families the ability to stabilize in the midst of trauma and to heal from the effects of trauma.'

 

NOVEMBER 23, 2015: Volunteers and individual donors are the lifeblood of nonprofits. Nationally, about two-thirds of all charitable donations come from individual donors. And as anyone in the business can tell you, a nonprofit’s close friends are the ones who sustain you, year in and out.

So during this time of giving – and thanks – we’re asking our friends, Why Wellspring?

Here is what two of our associate board members shared.

First encounters

Julie Keller was introduced to Wellspring by a friend who thought her background in mental health counseling would be a natural fit with Wellspring’s therapeutically informed approach. The more Julie learned about Wellspring’s programs, “the more impressed I became,” she said.

Wellspring’s commitment to addressing root causes of family trauma struck a particular chord in her. “I have seen firsthand how much early childhood experiences of trauma can affect both the development of children physically and emotionally, but also how that trauma affects their caregivers' ability to raise them.”

Michaela Kay had her first encounter with Wellspring a couple years ago when her boss invited her to the Powerful Change Luncheon. There, she heard the stories of a mother and her children as they moved through crisis and out of homelessness, and a father who had committed to changing his patterns of domestic violence and had become a strong advocate for the safety of families and children. “Both of these stories moved me to tears,” Michaela said. “These stories all had happy endings because of Wellspring’s work.”

A deeper connection

Julie and Michaela’s encounters with Wellspring deepened when they joined Wellspring’s Associate Board of Directors. Here's why:

“Wellspring is focusing on the child, the parents, and the parents' relationship to their community … This is the most effective kind of support for children and their families.” – Julie Keller, counselor at Lakeside School

Julie believes in Wellspring’s commitment to “having services that wrap around the entire family. Instead of just focusing on healing the child,” she said. “Wellspring is focusing on the child, the parents, and the parents' relationship to their community. In my work in the mental health field, I have learned through experience that this is the most effective kind of support for children and their families".

“I give my time and money because I believe that Wellspring is getting to the root of the problem.  Wellspring is giving children and their families the ability to stabilize in the midst of trauma and to heal from the effects of trauma.”

 

“When parents are doing their best just to make it to tomorrow, there is little left over to give the kids. Wellspring’s work directly helps to break the cycles of poverty and create a new generation of happier, healthy people.” – Michaela Kay, audit manager, Peterson Sullivan LLP

Michaela recognizes the importance of support for both parents and children in the midst of crisis. “When terrible things, like homelessness, happen, I think the kids are often left to cope on their own and aren’t given the support and attention they need. When parents are doing their best just to make it to tomorrow, there is little left over to give the kids. Wellspring’s work directly helps to break the cycles of poverty and create a new generation of happier, healthy people."

“I give both time and money to Wellspring because I truly believe in their work. I believe children and families are one of our most precious resources.”

In this season of giving together, we are so grateful for the generosity of our community. Thank you, Julie and Michaela!

 

ABOUT THE ASSOCIATE BOARD: This volunteer group was created for young professionals who want to give back to our community in a tangible, significant way. Members learn about the nonprofit sector and board governance while developing leadership skills outside the work environment. 

ABOUT US: Wellspring Family Services helps families and individuals reach their full potential. We offer social enterprise counseling and employee assistance programs, as well as nonprofit community services designed to help families move through crisis and triumph. These community services include:

  • Housing services, where we help homeless families find -- and hold onto – a place to live
  • The Baby Boutique, our free store for essential items for children
  • Comprehensive early learning and kindergarten readiness for children who have experienced homelessness or other trauma
  • Domestic violence intervention and counseling
  • Parent-child counseling services

OUR MISSION: Build emotionally healthy, self-sufficient families and a nonviolent community in which they can thrive.