by Jason Burdge
The word community has become a buzz word for charitable organizations and causes. I often wonder if it is overused or if it has become too generic and commonplace. However, I have yet to find an adequate replacement. By definition the word means:
- A unified body of individuals; people with common interest living in a particular area; an interaction of individuals within a given location; a group linked by a common policy; a body of persons of common and specialized interests scattered through a larger society.
I am honored to be MFPAâ€™s President for the 2014 â€“ 2015 term and look forward to building on the progress made in 2013 by Linda and the rest of the board. The transition of the executive officers has been seamless and we look forward to welcoming new leaders on to our associationâ€™s Board of Directors
We are starting the year off with our annual planning meeting on Saturday, January 11, 9 AM to 3 PM, at the Huckleberry Youth Program office, 361 Third Street, Suite G, San Rafael. The main topic of the meeting will be discussing and planning for MFPA to become an independent 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that is separate from the California State Foster Parent Association (CSFPA). Currently our tax-exempt status and mission are guided and limited by the CSFPA.
While our associationâ€™s goals align with the CSFPAâ€™s, we can better serve Marin foster caregivers and youth by focusing our organizationâ€™s goals and outcomes on our local community. We can continue to support the efforts of the CSFPA by making financial contributions to any aligning programs.
As a member of our community you are welcome to be a part of this exciting meeting and join other members of our community including Marin CFS, TLC Child and Family Services, and other supporting agencies. If you are unable to attend and would like to share your thoughts, questions or suggestions please feel free to contact me directly at email@example.com.
When I look back at what we have accomplished in 2013 and at our goals for 2014, the word community fits us perfectly. I look forward to sharing our future success with you and hope to see you at an upcoming event.