September CEO Blog

“There is something so special in the early leaves drifting from the trees–as if we are all to be allowed a chance to peel, to refresh, to start again.”

Ruth Ahmed, Author. 

September is a month of beginnings and endings. Children returned to school, saying goodbye to the sweltering summer months and hello to brisk early fall mornings. Autumn sports, events, and programs ramp up, which is certainly true here at the Community Foundation.  

September is also the launch of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th – October 15th), which offers many fantastic ways to celebrate the vibrant Hispanic culture that is so important to our community. Our Hispanic Fund is hosting an event on October 8th to support the Latinx Scholarship Fund. This event is a wonderful way to invest in young people in our community as they pursue education or training after high school.   

In August, we had the pleasure of hosting Ohio’s First Lady Fran DeWine, who joined us to celebrate the 10,000 children in Lorain County who have signed up for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. This national program mails free books to children from birth to 5 years old. We are honored to play a role in the local Imagination Library, bringing the joy of reading to our youngest learners.  

Our staff and board leadership are beginning the exciting strategic planning process in October. The planning process allows us to reflect on the feedback from donors and the community as we take a step back and evaluate what is working and how we can improve to create a roadmap for the future.  

I look forward to sharing our progress.  

Finally, I am still in awe of the incredible community support for the 74 participating organizations in Connect to a Cause last week. Please join us for our 📢Connect to a Cause 2022 Announcement on Friday, September 30th at 10:30 am to announce the final total raised, so please tune in to our Facebook Page to join us live or sign up to join us in person!  

Enjoy these early fall days and the beginning of a new season.  

Be well, 

Cindy