It’s a new year! We made it through 2023! Onwards and upwards! Seize the day! Should old acquaintances…yeah you know the song. As we close the book on 2023 and open 2024 there are a lot of things to ponder and new things to wonder. Maybe this past year was a banner year, and you were able to reach new heights and successes. Or possibly 2023 had a lot of grief and sorrow in it for you. One thing I do know is that with each new year comes 12 new months, 52 new weeks, 365 new days, and 525600 new minutes…or in the case of 2024 - 266 new days and 527040 new minutes thanks to the leap year.
How ever you look at this, we all have a chance to embrace the new, the unknown. Many people use this time of year to make new year resolutions. They try to change things about them or their situation and that is great.
Here at CVCAA, 2024 is bringing some new changes and challenges as well. With Congress going back and forth on the federal budget, it affects what we can do here in the Concho Valley. One big change for us is that we are now only taking applications at specific times of each month. By the time you read this, we’ll be either well into our January application window (January 8-12) or past it. February 5-9 and March 4-8 are our next windows. If you are a veteran though we will take your application at any time. We know that this will be a big change, and a big challenge for some of the people we serve. We’ve also fine-tuned our application process to make it more expedient and easier for those in need.
One thing that hasn’t changed though is our commitment to assisting those in need in our communities. We hold dear the Promise of Community Action and work daily to enact it in our agency:
THE PROMISE OF COMMUNITY ACTION - Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.
New for 2024, I’m very excited to share with you the promise in Spanish!! Kudos to our team for the translation:
PROMESA DE ACCIÓN COMUNITARIA - Comunidad Acción cambia la vida de las personas, incorpora el espíritu de esperanza, mejora las comunidades y hace los Estados Unidos un lugar mejor para vivir. Cuidamos de nuestra comunidad y nos dedicamos a ayudar las personas para que aprendan a ayudarse ellos mismos, y a los demás.
We try hard to make this promise a reality in all we do. I hope you find it as inspiring as I do. “We care about the entire community” is powerful.
Because of the budgeting situation in Congress our funds have been limited. We have fewer dollars to help an increasing number of people in need. If you are inspired by the Promise of Community Action, then I humbly ask for your financial support to CVCAA. If you head over to https://www.cvcaa.org/donate-to-cvcaa you can make a gift and become a Change Maker and help our communities. Working together we CAN make the Concho Valley a better place to live for ALL our neighbors.
For everyone born,