At the end of last week I celebrated my first amazing month on the job. I wanted to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for so warmly welcoming me into this incredible organization and to share some highlights from my first 30 days.
There are several exciting opportunities to expand our impact for children and families that I have been thrilled to join with our Program team to explore. We are looking at developing a Family Room program for both Sacred Heart Medical Center – RiverBend in Springfield, Oregon and at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. We have reignited the planning process for a transformative remodel of our East House. And finally, our Outreach Program Committee will be having a strategic planning session later this month to consider ways to deepen the impact of our grant-making program and broaden awareness statewide.
Meanwhile, our fundraising and communications team is leading the development of an inspirational new website and organizational video, finalizing our annual Community Report and setting the stage for our 2014 Mike Rich & Friends Golf and Social on July 20-21st and our 30th Anniversary Gala on September 19th. And daily I relish the opportunity to send thank you letters and call on donors who continue to flood our organization and the families that we serve with support and encouragement.
Every day at RMHC has been truly inspirational. Earlier this week, many of us gathered to celebrate an amazing volunteer team from the Marriott during a ribbon cutting ceremony for the East House room that they adopted and remodeled. Last week I had the pleasure of spending nearly three hours learning the ropes at David Stoller’s beautiful McDonald’s in Woodland, Washington. And on Monday I got an impromptu sign language lesson from the energetic 4-year old who has moved in next door. I can now proudly sign “pink mermaid” and “sea turtle”.
I am awed every day by the passion, energy and acumen of our phenomenal community of staff, board, volunteers and donors. Thank you for the inspiring work that you do and beautiful culture that you create! I am endlessly grateful that you have welcomed me to RMHC and allowed me to join you in bringing comfort, support and skittles to the children and families that need us the most.
Jessica Jarratt Miller, CEO