After fourteen wonderful years with Kids at Heart, I am resigning as Executive Director. This was not an easy decision, as it has been a privilege to be a part of the Kids at Heart family. I remember the first time I volunteered in 2003, I knew right away that I wanted to help make sure the children in our care had a place where they could belong. In 2008, after being laid off from a local engineering firm, the Executive Director position at Kids at Heart became available. I quickly rewrote my engineering resume into a non-profit resume, crossed my fingers and applied. I had zero non-profit experience, but I made up for that with a lot of passion for our mission. I’m so grateful the leadership team at Heart of the Rockies Christian Church took a chance on me.
During my tenure, we have served over 1,500 foster and adoptive youth from all over Colorado. We have increased the number of Fundango events we offer from 15 to 28 events per year, with an average of 65 kids served per event. We didn’t stop there. In addition, we created our outdoor education program, Camp Fundango, which allowed our families to get longer periods of respite while their children learned more about themselves (it really is amazing what dirt can teach us!).
Even with my amazing and hardworking staff and board, none of this would be possible without our volunteers. Today we have over 231 active volunteers that give their time and talents so that our children can have a place where they feel safe and accepted as they are.
But the biggest achievement was launching Kids at Heart into our own non-profit. In 2016 with the support of Heart of the Rockies Christian church, we created a 501©3 to grow Kids at Heart to better serve foster and adoptive families and to create more opportunities for partnership and funding. Our post launch success in 2017 is a testament to the hard work and passion of everyone involved.
What an amazing chapter this has been for Kids at Heart. I am working with our board to find our next director who will continue to grow our non-profit. I will be with Kids at Heart through the transition as it is important to me that Kids at Heart continue smoothly during this transition.
For those interested in our director position, please visit our job posting. If you are interested in applying, please email a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please share with anyone who might be interested.
What’s next for me? I’m not sure yet. I’m still working all that out. Our children at Kids at Heart have been such a huge part of my life that I’m pretty sure my next adventure will include them in some way.
Thanks again for a great fourteen years.