When Hillsides celebrated our centennial in 2013, we spent some time identifying characteristics that have always served as hallmarks of Hillsides to assure these same qualities would exemplify the next century of service. One of those qualities is a culture of service that has driven Hillsides to do whatever it takes to help children and their families be successful.
The challenges those we serve experience are great, and the resources needed to assist them are limited. Several years of cost containment on the part of our public funding sources have meant that only the basic services are reimbursed, leaving us to solicit private funds to go beyond a minimal level of care. These funds are used to provide simple gifts for special occasions, outings that otherwise would be forfeited, and caring gestures that reinforce the dignity of each child.
A former resident expressed that the gift of her very first stuffed animal while at Hillsides helped her understand she was safe and free to be a child without worry. It is these small yet significant gestures that are so essential and yet not necessarily reimbursable with public funds. It is the contributions that we receive from our donor community that allow us to provide these indispensible gestures of care.
This time each year, we solicit your support for our Annual Fund to raise much-needed dollars to fulfill our commitment to create lasting change for all those we serve. This springtime appeal has just been launched, and we are hoping to raise $150,000 to enhance the services we offer. Information that provides a great snapshot of the impact your generosity makes on the programs we offer is available and we ask you to consider making a contribution to this important campaign.
Your contribution will help us leverage the public funds we receive to make a greater impact. For children who have been deprived, burdened by challenges, and experienced inconceivable trauma, we have a responsibility to never be satisfied with anything less than the best for them. We can only do this with your help. Your assistance will provide children with that first-ever stuffed animal, an exhilarating fun day at an amusement park, or a picture album to record priceless memories. Your support can help young adults set up their first apartment or afford clothes for a job interview. Your generosity can provide families in need with gift cards for food, essentials such as blankets and towels, or help with the rent.
It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the challenges those we serve confront and tempting to dismiss our contribution as insignificant. However, when we come together and collectively lend our support, great things happen: childhood traumas are eased, adolescent insecurities are overcome, young adult stumbles give way to independence, and families hoping to be reunited see their dreams realized. Please support our annual appeal and be part of our mission to create lasting change.