One of the truly exceptional nonprofits in our region is Court Appointed Child Advocates (CASA) of Chelan and Douglas counties, a nonprofit that is celebrating 25 years of service to some of our most vulnerable children this month.
One of the greatest challenges for a nonprofit is to deliver its mission while at the same time having the financial discipline to be sustainable for the long term. This is particularly challenging balance for nonprofit arts organizations.
One of the talented emerging community leaders in the Wenatchee Valley is Teresa Bendito-Zepeda, a co-founder of the Parque Padrinos. The group of more than 100 neighbors in South Wenatchee is dedicated to making sure that the redeveloped Kiwanis Methow Park is fully programmed and cared for.
I cannot think of a better example of personal resilience than D’Andre Vasquez, who graduated this year from Cascade High School. He is a remarkable human being with great faith, a devotion to family and community and someone who is making the world a better place.
As a writer, I have the privilege of meeting many ordinary folks doing wonderful things in the valley and enjoy sharing a bit of their stories with the community. I am inspired by people who have a passion for helping others and particularly those who have overcome challenges.