Hillside’s 185th birthday officially fell on February 28, but some occasions are too big for a single day – especially in the dead of winter! So we’ve been celebrating all year in a variety of ways.
Most recently, on July 21 we welcomed community leaders, elected officials and longtime friends of Hillside to our Monroe Campus in Rochester for an afternoon event that explored the proud history and bright future of this impactful organization. Among the highlights of the day:
- We were lauded by Rochester Mayor Malik Evans, Monroe County Executive Adam Bello, State Assembly member Harry Bronson and State Senator Samra Brouk, among other dignitaries, for our longstanding commitment to youth and families.
- We heard touching personal stories from Alisa Burke, a 34-year Hillside staff member, and Carmona Ross-Asare, an alumna of our Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection program.
- Sheila Poole, Commissioner of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, paid a visit to express appreciation for Hillside’s work with vulnerable children and families.
- Our agency’s time capsule was unearthed for its objects to be displayed to attendees. We added more modern mementos and will re-bury the chest for safekeeping until our 200th anniversary in 2037!
- Last but certainly not least, a trio of major matching-gift donations were announced, representing a powerful commitment to our mission and a call to action for the community to join those donors in supporting Hillside.
As I mentioned at the event, Hillside’s legacy of achievements has only been possible thanks to partnerships—with our staff; the youth and families we serve; our governmental and community partners; and particularly donors who recognize the importance of our work and its ability to improve the lives of thousands of youth and families every year.
We’re so grateful for the support we continue to receive, and that allows us to make an even bigger difference for those we serve.
If you’re able, I hope you will consider making a donation of any size to support Hillside’s mission. You could think of it as a birthday gift that recognizes our proud history of community impact. Or even more appropriately, consider it an investment to help more youth and families realize their own bright futures.