We are so thrilled that through the madness of our fun-filled, busy, chaotic, and dare we say challenging and happy life that Cecily's Closet has emerged into a viable and solid little non-profit that has serviced hundreds of families in our community and across the globe!
On lucky St. Patrick's day five years ago (March 17, 2010) our little web site launched with a simple vision of spreading love and hope to children with special needs and their families in San Diego. I still remember the excitement we shared as we embarked on this new adventure. We never dreamed that we'd get traffic to the site or that five years later we could say that we have more than three hundred volunteers!
We are so proud of our volunteer led organization and that fact that we are able to help so many families with very little overhead and no paid staff. Last year about this time we had completed 49 makeovers and we're excited to brag that we're working on our 67th and 68th room right now!
Over the last 5 years Cecily's Closet has completed the following:
- 67 room makeovers
- Provided more than one thousand belly belly bands to children in need
- Recycled several hundred pieces of medical equipment
- And shared various donations with families in need - toys, books, and lots and lots of love and encouragement through our various book drives & adopt a family programs
Cecily's Closet has been recognized for our work in the community and within the last 12 months has received several grants from organizations that support our cause. It is because of these organizations that we're able to make a difference for children with special needs in our community. We'd like to thank the following contributors:
- The Rancho Santa Fe Women's Fund
- The Mission Bay Women's Fund
- The UPS Store
- Teen Volunteers in Action
- Moms of Multiples - North County
- And all the individual donors that support us with their time, talent and dedication!
Thank you to our board of directors for your guidance, commitment and volunteerism. Our board is VERY active and every member proudly manages a minimum of one (if not multiple) room makeovers every year.
And thank you to Jon Ray, owner of PaintGreen. Jon and his team has stood by our side from day one and they have graciously donated their time and talent to provide a beautiful backdrop for every room we've ever asked him to help with! We will never forget the day he not only returned our call but offered to meet us for coffee. A total stranger believed in our cause and has since made such an impact on so many families here in San Diego.
And thank you to our team of wonderful artists with a special thank you to our repeat givers: Inside Emily Dolton's Head, Hannas Murals, Grace Ann Piano, Arielle and Sweet Delisa! You guys are always giving, giving, giving with your time and talent. We love you!
Thanks for believing! Let's see what we can do in 2015!