November 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 21, 2013  by sarah

Hello fellow CYSA members!

 I just wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving Holiday season! As each year passes I find that appreciating the time we spend with those we love and care about is the one thing that I am truly “thankful” for every year! I know that many of us spend the weeks prior to the big Turkey Day planning and preparing our personal grocery lists and seating charts…but I also know that so many of us share the same devotion and investment for many of our community families in need. We shop, sort food, collect donations, deliver food to the homebound, and so much more!

 We all do this kind of work for a reason, which I believe is rooted in our very DNA….compassion, empathy, and yes, even sacrifice are required to do our jobs effectively and successfully…and I applaud each and every one of you and no doubt, your amazing staff because as we all know it is that team support that often gets us through the tough days, and the sweet taste of success is better shared! (Especially when we get all the data stuff figured out. Thank you all for your patience during this process!)

As we approach a new year I encourage you all to begin the conversation about the value of YSBs both locally and at the state level early. Hosting a legislative breakfast in your region/chapter is always a good idea and be sure to invite your local elected officials as well as your state reps & senators. CYSA is here to support you with letters, and perhaps even the presence of a CYSA officer at your breakfast can be arranged to show even more support. Just contact any one of us, and we will do our best to attend.  We will keep you posted through our advocacy team and the work we do with CYSA lobbyist Jay Aronson about any priority issues or concerns that you need to aware of as a YSB.

Be sure to visit the CYSA website regularly for updates and information. I also ask that you please be sure that your YSB information is listed correctly and that any website links that are broken or inactive be repaired at your earliest convenience. This website functions as a virtual office for CYSA, which is a direct benefit to all CYSA members! Thank you for all that you have done already and will continue to do to better serve the children, youth, and families in your community and the state of Connecticut!

Warm regards ~ Barbara top Top