WITS Program Launch 2016

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The first day of WITS volunteer programs are not unlike the first day of school – for both mentors and students. There’s palpable excitement and wide eyes, but also a few nervous glances and quiet “hellos.” I’ve had the privilege of visiting a lot of these “first days”  over the past four years and it always renews my sense of purpose in our organization. When we say we are in the midst of launching 60 programs, we also mean we are in the midst of launching thousands of new relationships between students and their mentors. It’s amazing – and a bit overwhelming – to stop and consider for a moment.

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Founders Awardee Spotlight: Lili Ann Zisook

WITS is proud to honor 14 individuals who laid the foundation for creating the organization we are today.

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“WITS is such a special program. I’m so glad that it has flourished in the way that it has because it is something that affects so many lives.” Lili Ann Zisook, a former teacher, has been involved with WITS as volunteer, Board Member, and Emeritus Director over the past 25 years.

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Founders Awardee Spotlight: Grace Chun

WITS is proud to honor 14 individuals who laid the foundation for creating the organization we are today.

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“I’m a reader and I want everyone else to be readers.” Grace Chun is an empowered parent who believed in and supported Rochelle Lee’s vision of making reading a part of children’s lives.

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Founders Awardee Spotlight: Ginny & Roger Carlson

WITS is proud to honor 14 individuals who laid the foundation for creating the organization we are today.

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 “People want to help children [and WITS offers that opportunity]. Everybody wants the world to be a better place and that starts with making kids feel important.” Since the founding years, Ginny and Roger Carlson have helped WITS make connections and build community.

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Forefront Feature on Non-Profit Sustainability

We are excited to share Forefront’s blog post on non-profit sustainability highlighting the WITS/Boundless Readers merger.   Included in the feature is an interview with WITS CEO Brenda Palm.  Read the the full post here.

Forefront is a statewide membership association for nonprofits, philanthropy, public agencies, advisers, and allies. Forefront’s feature helps elevates WITS presence as a leader in non-profit innovation.