Carrie & Lukas' Impact
Carrie & Lukas Steenhoek are long-time donors and supporters of Cedar Valley Angels and Carrie has also recently been matched as a Dare To Dream volunteer.
When asked why our organization is important to them and why they donate, they shared how they specifically want to invest in their community. They believe that Cedar Valley Angels is making a lasting and positive impact on local youth and families.
Carrie & Lukas shared that experiencing fostering and adoption in their extended family and local community has created a strong connection to our Mission for them. This allowed them to see firsthand the impact foster care has on children and youth.
They were also asked what is something about Cedar Valley Angels that they wish more people knew about. In response, they shared their wish for more people to know about Cedar Valley Angels and the programs we have to aid youth in our community.
Our Angel Alliance program is a passionate and committed group of monthly donors who are investing in relational, community-based support that creates real social change.
Through consistent, monthly giving, you can help us continue to match children, youth, and families with committed volunteers who show up consistently and walk the journey alongside them.
Together, we are building a new system focused on community, empowerment, and hope.
Dare To Dream Mentor & Board Member
Alicia Rogers has been a Dare To Dream mentor for over a year and also joined the Cedar Valley Angels Board in 2022.
When asked about why she decided to volunteer with Cedar Valley Angels Alicia shared “I left my job in teaching to pursue another opportunity at a local non-profit and I missed working with kids so much. I loved teaching middle schoolers and remember thinking all the time with many students, ‘I wish I could just take you home and give you structure and guidance and love.’ I even talked to my husband a lot about becoming foster parents, but with two young kids and two full-time careers, it just wasn’t the right time for us as a family. As I explored the options on CVA’s website I learned that there were some great options for supporting children in foster care that weren’t as big of a commitment as foster parenting but still let me make an impact by mentoring and being a stable adult in their life. The Dare to Dream program was the perfect fit for me and exactly what I was looking for.”
Dare To Dream Mentor
Ramon Pellizzaro is a current Dare To Dream mentor and has been involved in our program for 8 months. We asked him to share a little bit more about his experience volunteering and the impact he has been able to make.
When asked why he decided to volunteer with us he shared, “Cedar Valley Angels gave me an opportunity to make an impact on the community in a deeper way. Instead of spending time with a lot of children throughout the community, I’m able to build a meaningful relationship with one person, increasing the impact I can make.” Ramon also went on to share “I believe in the betterment of our community by investing in people, doing everything we can to make sure they have equal opportunities to succeed.”
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