December CEO Blog

“This is my wish for you: peace of mind, prosperity through the year, happiness that multiplies, health for you and yours, fun around every corner, energy to chase your dreams, joy to fill your holidays!” – D.M. Dellinger  

The holidays are here! I hope you are enjoying the festive season with friends and loved ones. This time of year can be complex. It can be full of heart-warming moments with those we love, but it also can be stressful. At this time of year, especially when things become difficult, I try to find joy wherever I can, even in the smallest of moments.  

It is working with others to support the Community Foundation’s mission to Connect People Who Care with Causes That Matter, which brings me a special feeling of joy at this time of year. Joy in seeing the collaboration across our non-profits. Joy in experiencing the coming together of cities and schools and our libraries. Joy in others lifting first-time workers as they experience renewed purpose in their lives. And the joy in our Lorain County Scholars Connect as we match mentors and mentees across our community. Perhaps you, too, need a bit of joy or an opportunity to start a new year’s resolution for 2022. We at the Community Foundation would be happy to connect you with an opportunity that can lead you towards a greater sense of fulfillment and joy 

As you read this letter, know that we are so thankful for you and your support of our community. Just before Thanksgiving, we gathered our current Board and our Board Emeritus members to share the work of the Community Foundation and, thanks to you, the impact we continue to have on Lorain County. That impact is in full swing, even as the year is coming to an end. Lorain County students can begin to apply for scholarships on December 15th, and I hope you will encourage anyone pursuing higher education or vocational school in your life to apply. The Racial Equity Fund is accepting applications for mini-grants through December 31st. So if you have a project that you have been working on, be sure to look into this opportunity to move your idea forward. Don’t forget to check out the final day of the Elyria Winter Market, a project developed from our Neighbor Up Elyria Cohort, Saturday, December 18th, for a chance to shop local and support our neighbors.  

Finally, I would like to congratulate our Senior Program Officer Linda Styer on her 25th anniversary with the Community Foundation of Lorain County and her retirement. Congratulations, Linda! We are grateful for you and your service.  

I wish you and your loved ones a happy holiday season and hope you find joy in moments big and small. I look forward to seeing you in the new year.  

Be well,