A Season Of Change
Is it fall already? While I must admit I’m not exactly looking forward to the seasonal change in the coming months (especially after this “summer!”), I can honestly say that I am excited about the season. Here at WWIN, things are looking brighter than ever. We have settled into a beautiful new, light-filled office space right in the heart of downtown Bellevuejust one block from the TransitCenter. (Thanks so much to Interim Executive Director Robin Carey for making this daunting transition such a smooth one, as well as to the volunteers, staff, and Board members who made it all come together!) We are now easier to find and access through public transit, which is so important for our grantees, and the new location will boost our visibility in the community as we share the space with a variety of like-minded nonprofits, including Sophia Way and Angeline’s Eastside Women’s Center, both of which are working to end homelessness for women here in the Eastside.
After the happy frenzy of the past couple months—meeting many of the wonderful people that make up the WWIN community and discussing our shared vision for this amazing organization—I am also eager to dig in and do the hard but rewarding work of taking WWIN to the next level. Our Board retreat is at the end of September, and we are on the cusp of rolling out a new strategic plan that will build on WWIN’s many strengths as well as forge new paths. The most exciting thing in the works right now is that next year marks WWIN’s 20th Anniversary, and our intention is not just to celebrate the success of the past 20 years (we will!) but to leverage this momentous occasion to get the word out about WWIN and its transformative programs. With your support, WWIN has given grants to more than 5,000 women and touched the lives of countless others; I am confident that together we will create brighter futures for women, their families, and our community for 20 years more—and beyond.