March CEO Blog

Spring will come and so will happiness. Hold on. Life will get warmer.”

– Anita Krizzan 

Spring is upon us. The days are getting longer, the air is a bit warmer, and soon we will be planting our gardens and getting outside more often. We are finally beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel with the pandemic.  Hope is dawning.  

Throughout March, we celebrated Women’s History Month and the incredible women that have made their mark on society and continue to do so. In Lorain County, we don’t have to look far. We are surrounded by trailblazing women that lead organizations, companies, schools,  and boards, setting examples for all of us.  At the Community Foundation, we saw firsthand what happens when a group of determined women see a need in the community and take action to address it. That is how the Women’s Fund at the Community Foundation was established, and since its inception, the Fund has awarded nearly $230K in grants to organizations that serve women and children. Please take the opportunity to read more about the Women’s Fund and the impact local women are making in this newsletter. I hope you have found a way to honor the women around you, those that came before you, and most importantly, yourselves!  

This month also marks the first anniversary of COVID-19, dramatically altering our lives as we knew them. These types of milestones can trigger an emotional response, grief, nostalgia, sadness. Some of us have lost our jobs, spent countless hours navigating virtual school, struggled with isolation, and lost loved ones. I hope you take the time to be gentle with yourself and honor where you are.   

While this past year has presented unimaginable adversity, our community and neighbors met these challenges with a resilient spirit. Even on our darkest days, we saw our core values in action. Civic, corporate, and philanthropic partners throughout our community helped create the Lorain County COVID-19 Response FundWe have distributed over $1M in COVID relief, Racial Equity, and Community Grants. We expect another round of funding in the second quarter of 2021, and you can still contribute to the Covid-19 Response Fund, Racial Equity Fund, or help with our community response via Touch the Future Fund.  

I feel a rising sense of hope at the dawn of this new season. The vaccine effort is gaining momentum. We can venture outside more often, plan our gardens, begin spring cleaning, and look forward to enjoying a baseball game.  But what fills my cup and sustains me most is bearing witness to the generous spirit of our community to do what is necessary to care for each other, no matter what.  Let’s continue to work together toward a more hopeful season and the year ahead. We may be apart, but we are not alone. 

In gratitude,  

Cindy  

Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.” — Maya Angelou