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Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer—NOT!

Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer—NOT!
Thursday, September 4, 2014

This is CEO Dave Welbourn at his desk—he writes hundreds of emails here, works on ECCF budgets and grant distribution pie charts, and makes lots of phone calls from this very spot. 

In between weekend trips to Maine and meetings with nonprofit leaders or Trustees, Dave somehow fit in time at his desk to write more emails and articles. In short, his summer days were hardly lazy or hazy, though he might tell you they were a little crazy. Crazy good, that is.

Last week, for instance, he met here with the Youth At Risk planning team who is already thinking about the 2015 conference. Dave joined Jane Truesdell Ellis, attorney and chair of the YAR conference committee, Julie Bistop, ECCF VP of donors and services, Kathy Moriconi, YAR coordinator, (all pictured below) and others to discuss strategies, workshops and resources in preparation for one of next year's most anticipated events for those working with youth at risk.

A few days later, Mickey Cockrell came to visit Dave at his desk. Mickey runs Catie’s Closet, a nonprofit organization that provides clothing and supplies for students who are homeless. She talked with Dave about how to expand their work and grow their operation and board. And as Dave discovered, Catie's Closet just finished a Back To School drive and is gearing up for a Sept. 21 Cycling for a Cause benefit ride.

Then Dave headed out to Peirce Farm in Topsfield to talk with owner Sean Ward about historic renovations and upcoming events. The 19th century restored barn will offer a unique location for meetings or gatherings for nonprofit organizations or board meetings. And Dave said the trees alone on the property, from 10 beautiful Beech trees to the many Sugar Maples, Chestnuts, and White Pines, are worth leaving your desk for. 

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