Our donors and volunteers make the community a better place for our children and families. In our series, Why I Give, we put the spotlight on some of the generous individuals helping to move our communities forward. This month we are recognizing Janet Mead.
Janet Mead | Supporter since 2021
When did you first get involved with Acenda?
Many years ago as young mother I became aware of Robin’s Nest. An organization I volunteered with at that time helped to send supplies for moms and babies to the organization.
What attracted you to the Acenda mission?
I am a teacher and my students are learning about the definition and manifestation of empathy. Acenda offers services to families in need and this is understandable by my students.
What motivates you to stay involved?
This year I had the opportunity to start a Family Ties project for my students and their families to make blankets at home while we were in remote learning conditions. Participating in the project and knowing we were able to donate the blankets to others who would benefit from the comfort gave a sense of purpose to the time were forced to take at home away from our routines.
Why do you volunteer/donate?
I always had a great role model in my mother who joined various community organizations which had volunteering as part of their mission. When AIDS was devastating young moms and babies, my mother worked with a project called ABC quilts: At risk Baby Crib quilts. Quilt group members created handmade crib quilts to donate to hospitals. My whole life giving was just something we did when others were in need, friends and strangers alike.
What would you tell to others interested in getting involved with Acenda?
The team I met was extremely cordial and easy to work with. Communication with Acenda representatives was timely and clear, making me feel my and my students’ contributions were valuable. We hope to make Family Ties an annual project.