We're already three weeks into January, and after a well-deserved holiday break, we're back to work! In this New Year’s themed newsletter, we'll tell you about:
- Our New Year's resolution: to fundraise more.
- Our new board chair, Juan A. Arteaga.
- Our most recent High School Equivalency graduation.
We’re turning New Year’s resolutions into Action Plans
Last year was a whirlwind and we got so much done! One thing we dropped the ball a bit on was fundraising. We didn’t get as many donations as we wanted. Our supporters help us continue to provide our community with FREE housing, health, and education/career assistance.
Today, we're putting our resolution to fundraise more into action. This month, we have a goal of just $1,000. A one-time donation, or even better, a monthly one, can have more impact than you know. Not only will your gift today put us on track to smashing our 2020 goals, but it will also help the people we serve.
You can be the reason 2020 is a great year for one of our clients. You can support them as they finally get their High School Equivalency diplomas, leave abusive relationships, or become U.S. citizens.
If your resolution this year is to do more good, consider becoming a member of our Spark Collective. Just $40 a month can make a massive difference in the lives of our community members. If you can’t commit to that, just $5 to $10 today from ten or twenty of you can help us reach this month’s fundraising goal.
New Year, New Board Chair
Please join us in thanking our former NMIC Board Chair, Sandra Harris, for her five years of service in the role. During her term, Sandra brought to NMIC the same energy and determination that has characterized her career and position as Assistant Vice President of Government & Community Affairs at Columbia University Medical Center. Though Sandra will no longer be our Board Chair, we are so happy she will remain a member of the board.
Sandra, your years of service to our community and organization have been incredible. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Now, join us in welcoming our new NMIC chair, Juan A. Arteaga. Like his predecessor, Juan is known for his commitment to our community. He has served on NMIC's board since 2018 and brings years of valuable experience to the table. He’s currently a partner at Crowell and Moring LLP and previously served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Enforcement in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice during the Obama administration. He also served as the Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division.
¡Bienvenido, Juan! We look forward to growing under your leadership. ¡Manos a la obra!
We also want to take a moment to congratulate the other board members voted onto the Executive Committee, including Cheryl Kallem, Vice-chair; Ethan Miller, Treasurer; and Evelyn De La Rosa, Secretary.
Congratulations to our latest grads
Join us in wishing good luck to our most recent cohort of High School Equivalency graduates. After completing NMIC's course, they received their diplomas in a beautiful, intimate ceremony. But their journeys aren't over yet! Our dedicated Education & Career Services team will continue to offer participants the support they need to succeed. Whether it be employment readiness and placement assistance or college enrollment, we're here to help our community members achieve all their goals.
For our clients, this achievement is a step towards higher-paying jobs, increased employment opportunities, and for some, access to higher education. We think that's a pretty fantastic way to kick off 2020.
Many of our students face innumerable challenges in their day-to-day lives, like immigration issues, domestic violence, or homelessness. These diplomas aren't just about academic success. They're testaments to how hardworking, determined, and strong our students are. You can help us continue to connect our clients with the services they need for brighter and more self-sufficient futures.
Yours in Solidarity,