Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.
~ Mahatma Gandhi
The Middlesex Y is honored to accept the 2013 Community Impact Award from the Middlesex United Way. As a charity partner, we support the efforts of the United Way to make a positive and lasting impact on our community. The Y’s commitment to preparing children for their educational career is completely in sync with United Way’s focus on education and increasing children’s readiness to learn by school entry.
In the words of the United Way, “Learning starts long before school does, and the early years of childhood development are critical.” These shared values and goals strengthen our partnership and leverage the United Way’s investment into Y programs in order to produce significant, positive outcomes to prepare our children for their educational future. Our partnership is successful and thriving as it is based on mutual trust and shared beliefs.
This is a great example of strong partnership. If it wasn’t for the willingness of Pat Charles, Jon Romeo, and Jeff R. Fournier, to partner with us and provide their space, we wouldn’t have been able to meet the additional needs of the low-income families in the area. In order to offer high quality early childhood education programs, you have to have dedicated, high quality staff. Karin James and her team work hard to prepare their students for lifelong academic success.
We thank the Middlesex United Way for encouraging our efforts to prepare children from all walks of life so they can ultimately become independent, successful and productive. Today more than ever we need our children to be prepared for rigorous academic standards even at very young ages. The Y’s programs help children and parents to make a smooth transition so that kids can move forward with confidence and ease. In the words of the late Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
-Michele Rulnick, President and CEO, Middlesex YMCA