Read Tara Jones' farewell letter below:
I am writing to inform you that I will no longer be the Executive Director of the YWCA Chester effective October 31, 2010. I have carried the baton, and it is now time to pass it. I am proud to have been able to serve the YWCA and the people of Chester in this capacity. I am a true believer in the City of Chester and the organization that we have all come to know and love, but then forgot!
When I heard that the YWCA was getting close to closing its doors three years ago, I made it up in my mind that I would do what I could to help keep the organization alive. When I found the shape that it was in, I knew it would take sleepless nights, a whole lot of prayer and a few years to pass. Needless to say it has been quite a task.
In the past few years, I have served as executive director, bookkeeper, custodian, carpenter, designer, supervisor, program/volunteer coordinator and fundraiser, among other titles. I would not have traded it for anything. I have been on a quest to find women that have the same passion for Chester and the mission of the organization, and it has been an arduous task. Through the years, not everyone agreed with my tactics, but I know that not everyone has Chester and the YW’s best interest at heart, and I have tried to protect it as much as I could.
The YW is still not out of the woods and will not be for another year or so, but we have a found a group of women that have the same passion, determination and business sense to move the organization forward.
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It is my hope for you to join us on October 30, 2010 at our Harlem Renaissance fundraiser as I say my final farewells to this portion of my journey. As requested by the Board of Directors, I will continue to support the YW in many ways to help ensure the continued growth of the organization. I hope you find it in your hearts to do the same.
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