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Updates - Purpose Statement Feedback & Fiscal News!
As we approach spring and winter is slowly fading, we are slowly readying to emerge from our own season of deep reflection and growth. We have been working hard to continue moving at speeds that feel sustainable to our collective as we discern our collective mission, structure, and accountability measures, and there have been some amazing developments and important milestones and offerings that we are excited to share !
Share your feedback on draft purpose statements!
The Structures Working Group is ready to share our draft purpose statements to gather feedback from YOU and your inside penpals! As a reminder, these purpose statements were synthesized based on what inside and outside community members submitted as their ideal purpose statements for the collective. These represent the Structures Working Group’s incredible effort to synthesize and categorize these submissions in meaningful ways. We're in the home stretch of finalizing these, but we need your help. Please take a few moments to complete this survey, share it with your working groups, inside friends, and penpals as well!
This survey represents months of hard work from our Structures Working Group – thank you so much to everyone who contributed to this labor of love!!
Financial Updates & Fundraising Ask!
We are excited to announce that we officially have a fiscal sponsor - the Social Justice Center in Madison, WI! This is an important step in the longevity and sustainability of the organization, and we’re so grateful to everyone who made it possible.
While we are waiting until we have settled on a new purpose & direction as an organization before discerning our next financial steps or monetary commitments, we do have several ongoing maintenance costs, and we need to fundraise $1037 by March 31 to keep our website, database, and New Orleans PO Box location running! This community has come together to help keep these critical services running, and we know we can do it again. Consider donating today - even $5 makes a big difference!
For a full list of all Zoom links & upcoming events – check out the Calendar on our website HERE!
All Hands Meeting - Wednesday, April 5, at 7pm EDT
New Penpal Orientation Dates - March 22 & 29, 8 pm EDT
Penpals Support Squad Meeting - April 4, 8pm EDT
Penpals Backend Working Group Meeting - April 11, 8:30 EDT - Any current pen pals are invited to join. We coordinate pen pal matching, the database, website, and more.
Thank you everyone!