March 24′ CEO Blog

raise up my voice—not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard…We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.

– Malala Yousafzai

March is in full swing, and so is the Harvest for Hunger campaign. I want to say thank you to everyone in our community for showing support for our neighbors in need. Of course, here’s a slightly toned-down version: As we celebrate Women’s History Month, it’s worth noting that a significant 46% of clients utilizing Lorain County food pantries are women. This fact underscores women’s vital role in our community’s fabric and highlights the ongoing efforts needed to address their specific needs and challenges. We are fortunate to have Second Harvest Food Bank, which provides food and resources across a vast network of partner charities. Lorain County is home to incredible organizations like Ohio Means Jobs, Lorain County JVS, YWCA of Elyria, The Nord Center, and Lorain County Community College, which support women and their families by providing resources and career opportunities. As we celebrate Women’s History Month, let’s not only acknowledge the great achievements of women but also commit to creating a future where every woman has the opportunity to thrive and succeed.

How do we do this? It starts in our backyard, and it takes a village. Take some time to consider who you are supporting today through scholarship, mentoring, and emergency assistance. As the CEO, I have the honor of working closely with our Women’s Fund, African American Fund, Hispanic Fund and Youth Fund as well as our Residential Engagement Initiatives supporting women in our community this month and throughout the year. If supporting women’s issues is a cause that matters to you, please drop me a note with your thoughts about what we can do in your community. For today. For tomorrow. We would love to hear from you.

Also, this month we had a fantastic turnout at the Youth Fund’s Maintaining a Healthy You: Mind, Body, & Soul Youth Summit. This summit connected over 100 young people, parents, and guardians to local non-profits for an uplifting and inspiring day. Thank you to all who made this day a success. Speaking of our young people, our scholarship deadline is one week away, on Monday, April 1st.

Let’s continue working together to make this Harvest for Hunger campaign successful for our community. Together, we can make a difference for causes that matter.

With gratitude,