2017 Impact Report
Message from Michele
Celebration, uncertainty, community engagement, opportunity, collaboration, disaster, fear, resilience, optimism, renewal. As I reflect on the past year, these words come to mind. 2017 was a year of change on many levels. In the fall, we unveiled a refreshed mission statement to more accurately reflect our role in the Napa Valley support parents, nurture children and strengthen our community. We provide parents with the education, resources and support they need to raise children who thrive.
From our humble beginnings in 1972 as an all-volunteer organization, I was proud to succeed Joelle Gallagher as the Executive Director in our 45th year. With a strong leadership team, dedicated staff and committed Board, we developed a new plan to guide our work into the future.
Here are a few highlights from 2017:
- Our staff and volunteers served 1,230 families raising 2,582 children providing the supports that parents need to raise their children in secure, loving and healthy homes.
- We surveyed our families and partners and created a strategic plan to help us continue meeting the evolving needs of our community.
- In a time of changing policies at the federal level and shifting resources, it was more important than ever to collaborate with like-minded organizations to advocate for our clients so they receive the services and resources they need.
- The Napa Complex Fires reminded us simultaneously of our strength and fragility as a community. Amidst the destruction and chaos inflicted by the fires, we were overwhelmed with support from the community and beyond who offered their help. Thanks to this generosity, Cope served as a key partner with other family resource centers to provide emotional and financial support to thousands of individuals and families. While the emergency response is over, we continue to work with our community partners in meeting the long-term recovery needs of families affected.
As always, I am humbled by your generosity. You are one of the many who helped make these accomplishments possible. So many gave in so many ways: the Girl Scout Troop that donated art supplies and books for children served by our childcare; the volunteer who helped with administrative tasks every week; the former client who made a gift so others could obtain the help her family received; the foundation who invested in our infrastructure so we can continue to grow and serve more families. These and so many others made our work possible. Please take time to peruse our 2017 report to learn more about the amazing people who help us do what we do best - support parents, nurture children and strengthen community.