How do I feel about my new role as Co-Chair of the Common Ground Board of Directors?
Nervous. Excited. Apprehensive. Committed. Delighted. And Thankful… for the amazing work that my predecessors have done over the past 20 years building and nurturing the supportive, productive, loving community that is Common Ground. I must give a special thank you to Frank Mitchell for his guiding hand over many years in shepherding the organization, and for inviting me into the work. And thanks, also, to Wendy Battles for joining me in this endeavor as my Co-Chair.
The excitement comes from the opportunity to become even more engaged with Common Ground. I have known and admired the High School since its creation, and only in the last few years have I learned about the amazing number of our community programs and the work of the farm. I’m delighted that Common Ground is a part of the lives of so many students and families, and works so hard with other schools and organizations in Greater New Haven to make a positive impact on our community. The apprehension comes from realizing the responsibility that Wendy and I, along with the Board, the staff, and all of our constituents have in ensuring the continued support for the programs, the teachers, and, indeed, the ground that nourish so many.
And I want to express my firm commitment to the values Common Ground lives every day, expressed so well in Executive Director Melissa Spear’s recent post on our website. If you have not read it, please do.
Now join me in the joy! of Common Ground.