Knit4Kids is here just in time for winter...Get out your knitting needles, grab some yarn & knit a scarf, a hat or some mittens to send kids living in foster care the message that folks in their communities care about them! Start the year off by being creative, kind & generous. Be the person who makes sure that our kids experiencing foster care in the Pioneer Valley are wrapped in warmth & love.

 

My name is Amanda and I am 20 years old. My parents took me in when I was 8 and had nowhere else to go. Before we found each other, I had been in 24 foster homes since I was 4. The first time I saw my parents, the first thing that came out my mouth was “Mommy and daddy.”

Judy Cockerton, Encore Public Voices Fellow

Founder and Executive Director Judy Cockerton receives the Encore Public Voices Fellowship!

The OpEd Project is launching the Encore Public Voices Fellowship, and we congratulate Judy for being selected as a Public Voices Fellow.
The fellowship is a joint venture between Encore.org, an organization dedicated to engaging seniors as active, vital members of society who want to live meaningful, purpose-driven lives, and the prestigious Op Ed project, a journalist training program to increase the voices of underrepresented people in the media: women, minorities and elders. As an Encore Public Voices Fellow, Judy will add to her impressive toolkit and amplify her voice as a passionate spokesperson for the remarkable intergenerational community model that is Treehouse. Beginning in September, Judy will join the 19 other Fellows, to hone their skills and expand their thinking through one-on-one coaching, editing and ongoing online training.

During her first week at Treehouse, our new Director of Strategic Partnerships & Development, Julie Kumble, met Emily Lewis. Emily is a vivacious woman who seems to be everywhere at once: reading to a child, working on peace and justice, managing a local symphony. "Who IS this woman?," Julie wondered. They sat down to chat.