A Message From Our CEO
It certainly goes without saying, 2020 will be a year that no one will forget. In the past year, we have experienced hardships that no one could have imagined. Our country and our local communities have suffered through the difficulties of navigating a global pandemic amidst increased challenges of unemployment, political unrest, and in our own backyard, the catastrophic events of a devastating fire. While the adversities have been overwhelming, our staff celebrates the incredible acts of heroism and courage that truly highlight the spirit of what makes the work of Kids Unlimited unique.
More than any other year, 2020 reinforced the power of resiliency. Over the last 23 years, we have seen countless successes of children who have risen above difficulties, but none greater than those compounded by Covid19. The impact of losing daily access to our children was devastating and combined with the demise of so many important programs, positions, events, and funding streams connected to our work, we felt debilitated. Suddenly, we recognized the dire need created by the economic impact to our families. The loss of employment for so many, combined with increased isolation and trauma to households already struggling prior to the pandemic, created an urgency for us to respond. With no blueprint other than the immediate recognition of need, Kids Unlimited responded and never could I have been more proud of the difference we made in the face of what seemed like insurmountable odds.
When asked what makes our service to kids and families unique, we need to look no further than the evolution of services provided after the pandemic.For decades, we have believed that at the core of what we do is an unconditional commitment to a relationship with our kids. Not just a service, we share in both the success and the struggle of our kids. For us, our kids are family. When our kids and families needed us the most, we were determined to launch services to accommodate those needs. Our ability to be guided by the importance of necessity, without fearing the recognition that our work had to massively shift, is something collectively we embraced. The responsiveness to evolve our systems to reflect what is needed is at the foundation of who we are. This is a defining quality of the Unlimited.
During the pandemic, the Unlimited meant providing hundreds of thousands of meals, many delivered to homes without transportation, assuring our children would not go hungry. When learning required online services, the Unlimited serviced hundreds of homes with internet and computers while supporting daily parental resources to families in both English and Spanish to ensure equitable learning. Knowing what our kids needed, we delivered art and school supplies so that kids could pursue enrichments despite their inability to be on campus. And to further sustain connections, the Unlimited provided weekly supports to vulnerable families with essential resource assistance and mental health services.
Nothing is more important to us than ensuring all children, regardless of circumstance, have access to opportunity. Through you, Kids Unlimited could provide hope during the toughest of times.Through you, a confidence was built that together, we could overcome.On behalf of our entire organization, I would like to sincerely thank you for your kindness, love, and generosity. I am both proud and humbled by your incredible investments in our kids.
President & CEO