BENEFITING: WEDIKO CHILDRENS SERVICES INC
ORGANIZER: WEDIKO CHILDRENS SERVICES INC
Why I Am Running
As a parent, I have learned a truer meaning to a few cliches: kids don't come with user manuals, every kid is different and parenting is hard. I've also learned at least one new phrase that should be a cliche: kids do well if they can. This is an idea that is at the heart of Wediko - and Wediko has a huge heart.
While many kids can succeed solely through adults telling them what to do, many others simply cannot. These other kids need to be met halfway. They need to be taught new skills. Their families need to learn to adapt. And they need adults who won't give up on them. Over the past 83 years, Wediko has provided those adults to thousands of children.
I am priviledged to have joined the Wediko board of trustees earlier this year. I wanted to volunteer because I have know that when a child is having a hard time, it can be really challenging to figure out what to do, and Wediko is one of the few organizations fully dedicated to helping figure it out.
This week, I got to visit the school and camp in Windsor, NH. The campus is impressive; over 400 acres and over 50 buildings in an idyllic setting on a lake in the New Hampshire woods. But the staff was so much more so. I was blown away by the strength, dedication and intelligence of the staff. If your child were struggling, these are the kind of people you want to get help from.
That said, Wediko needs your help as well. This organization has survived and thrived for 83 years, but needs more community support to be able to continue the mission at the same high standard. School districts provide much of the financial support for Wediko, and they are changing the way they allocate funds. There is a new expectation that the best organizations will be supported by the community as well as the program fees. Frankly, every dollar you can give helps Wediko serve more kids, and without community support they will have to serve fewer.
I wasn't planning to run a marathon this year. Marathons are hard - I've done two previously - and they are much harder now than they were then. I am definitely pumped to hear the crowds in NYC, and I am glad that I am training hard enough to start working my way into better shape. I expect it to be a great experience. That said, I definitely wouldn't be running if it was just for me. I am running because I really believe in the mission, and I know that every dollar I raise is going to help some of the most vulnerable children in America.
Thank you for your help, however you can give it. And please don't forget the Jeanne is running for Wediko also.
Note from Wediko:
Wediko meets children where they are by supporting at-risk youth and their families through customized, intergenerational services that are shaped by the individual needs of these families in order to improve social, emotional, and educational outcomes.
We are thrilled to partner with NYRR and the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon to match runners passionate about children's mental health with our work in schools and the community.
Running for Wediko promises to be all of the motivation you need to train and fundraise on your road to the marathon! We welcome you!
For more about Wediko's continuum of programs helping children who have experienced multiple barriers to learning overcome challenge, check out our website.