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Thursday, June 13, 2024

WDSRA: An exercise in gratitude


Before we gobble up the turkey or pass the green bean casserole. Before launching into the age-old debate of whether whole cranberry sauce is better than the jellied in the can. Our family likes to share what they are grateful for. It’s a popular holiday tradition that reminds us of all the good things in our lives.

For sure, family is always at the top of the list. This year though, I am planning on asking my family to think about the other “families” they belong to and to share their thanks with them.

For instance, I am grateful for my work family. My colleagues at the Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA) are a group of big-hearted people who choose to make a difference in the lives of others every single day.

In our recreation team, I witness their dedication, passion and professionalism every day. Their commitment to creating the very best programs for participants reflects a genuine care for the community they serve. Addressing the individual needs of each participant demonstrates a personalized approach that fosters a supportive and inclusive environment.

Moreover, their consideration and support for parents who might be feeling anxious about entrusting their children to the program for the first time is invaluable. Building trust and providing reassurance to parents is a crucial aspect of what they do. It helps create a positive experience for families.

I am grateful for my colleagues who make “it” happen behind the scenes. They bring the same passion, dedication and professionalism to everything they do. Although not always in the spotlight, they are the driving force behind the success of WDSRA.

These are the people who play a crucial role as the backbone of our organization, ensuring that everything runs smoothly. Their attention to detail is vital to maintaining high standards, while their ability to see the big picture is essential for guiding us towards our goals and keeping the organization moving forward. In the true sense team, every one of them are invaluable.

This exercise in gratitude could go on and on. I am grateful for our Association Board who guides us in serving our community; our Foundation Board who volunteers their efforts to help raise the funds needed, over and above the budgeted funding, allowing us to offer extraordinary special recreation; every part-time staff member who chooses to help create exceptional experiences for our participants; every volunteer who chooses to share their time with us.

Finally, I am so very grateful for everyone in the community who supports, donates or helps spread the word about the work of WDSRA. I may not know your name, but I know the impact YOU have on our participants and families. It is inspiring, encouraging and very much appreciated! 

Thank YOU for being a part of the WDSRA family!

If you would like to see the impact that your involvement with WDSRA has had over the past year, I urge you to take a look at our FY22-23 Gratitude report.

If you would like to continue supporting WDSRA participants and families, consider making a donation to our annual appeal going on now through 12/31/2023. And thanks to The Trish and Scott Karll Charitable Fund, your donation may qualify to be matched. Simply make your donation before 12/15/23. For every donation of $225 or more made online at www.wdsra.com, they will donate $225 to WDSRA (up to $12,500).

I am so grateful for YOU!

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Sherry Manschot
Sherry Manschothttp://www.wdsra.com
Sherry Manschot is the Marketing/Public Relations Manager at Western DuPage Special Recreation Association. She can be contacted at sherrym@wdsra.com. Learn about WDSRA at www.wdsra.com.