A Message From Gina

Posted on : 02 Sep 2021 | No Comments

Exciting things are happening at KANDU and it is such a pleasure to share this experience, not only within the organization, but throughout our community. In my almost 30 years of serving between both KANDU boards, there has never been a time quite like this. We have all seen our fair share of obstacles over the past year and this organization has not only overcome these unforeseen challenges but has grown in the process. The phenomenal people of this agency used 2020 as an opportunity to use our waiting room as a classroom and develop ways to not only expand the mission to serve more individual needs, but also connect with the community in ways that uplift us all.

You may have heard of the much-anticipated community event and KANDU fundraiser, Dragons on the Rock, which is coming up on Saturday, September 18th at Traxler Park. I have enjoyed every minute of being a part of the planning committee and collaborating with fellow volunteers who are so passionate, not only about this event, but the importance of KANDU’s mission. It takes a wide range of talents for an event like this to come together and I am very proud of what our team has accomplished so far. I would like to encourage anyone, including KANDU family (fellow board members, employees, clients and clients’ loved ones) and community members to join our volunteer team! Your strengths, whatever they may be, will be an asset to this event and you will receive some perks as well! There are also sponsorship opportunities available for companies looking to support the event and gain some community exposure. We have already made valuable partnerships whom we can’t thank enough for their generosity.

It was exhilarating to watch the dragon boat races in 2019 and witness the KANDU client boat win their heat. Dragons on the Rock ultimately demonstrates the spirit of teamwork, perseverance and encouragement and it’s inspiring to see community members working together and supporting each other while having a really good time. Festival admission is free, so bring your family out for a day of food, music, activities, and be sure to cheer on this year’s KANDU client team during the dragon boat races!