As some of you may already know, I am stepping down as Executive Director of Somerville Local First. It has been an honor to lead Somerville Local First for the last three years, working with all of you in such a wonderful and collaborative city. It was a true pleasure to work with one of the most committed and energetic boards I’ve ever met.
Please join me in welcoming Courtney O’Keefe as interim director of SLF. Although stepping down is bittersweet, leaving the organization in such capable hands makes me feel very good about the direction SLF is heading.
For those of you who don’t know Courtney, she is a life-long resident of Somerville and owner of Ward 5 Online and CKO Strategies. She is also a long-time board member of Somerville Local First, serving from 2011-2012 and 2014- present, stepping down to serve as Ward 5 Alderman in 2013. She has been been representing Somerville Local First on the Union Square Civic Advisory Committee since March 2015. Courtney has first-hand experience in the Somerville business community, and is dedicated to the promotion of Somerville and its businesses.
As for my reasons for leaving: like many parents, I’ve been struggling with a work-life balance, which tipped after the birth of my second son in March. Stepping down from a job I’ve loved at SLF was no easy decision, and not one I came to lightly.
As a resident of Somerville, I still remain very committed to the support of the local economy, working with and supporting all of our local businesses. I will see most of you around as much or even more than before, so you won’t really have a chance to miss me very much.
With lots of local love,
From our interim Executive Director…
I would like to thank everyone for welcoming me with open arms as I help Somerville Local First through this transition. I look forward to participating in the search for our next Executive Director and encourage everyone to attend our two Local is for Lovers Markets coming up on Sunday November 29th and Sunday December 20th from 10-3 p.m. hosted by Arts at the Armory.
Local is for Lovers Markets…
We have 2 remaining Local is for Lovers markets scheduled for 2015! Both will take place at the beautiful Arts at the Armory Main Hall at 191 Highland Ave, Somerville. Please stop by on Sunday November 29th or Sunday December 20th between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to peruse the crafts and creations of our amazing vendors!
Giving Tuesday Information…
We’re sure by now you’ve heard of GivingTuesday Somerville: GiveLocal. If you haven’t, in our community, GivingTuesday brings participating organizations together to promote one another, honor our community, and celebrate the diversity within Somerville. The GiveLocal campaign started in October and culminates in a celebratory event on GivingTuesday, December 1st. This is the community’s chance to help 14 nonprofit organizations, including Somerville Local First, with one single donation. This collaboration is in it’s second year and we need the support of our full community.
Today, we are writing you to ask if you will help us out. There are a few things that you can do:
Host a 5% day! Our fundraising effort ends on December 1 (GivingTuesday). Following Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, we’re trying to get people to look at their community and direct their giving back locally. We’d love to have a number of local businesses donate 5% of their sales for the day to our GivingTuesday campaign. Will you participate?
Donate a door prize to our GivingTuesday Somerville celebration event. On December 1, we’re hosting a party from 6:30-9pm at Arts at the Armory. Everybody who participates in our Scavenger Hunt to learn all about the 14 GivingTuesday organizations. Winners will get door prizes from you! What is our celebration event? There will be will be food, fun, dancing, games, and a warm, fuzzy feeling for everyone who donated. Music will be provided by DJ Hank Davidson and the Somerville Ukulele Club. We’ll also have celebrity emcees, human-sized games, and lots of friends.
Send out a blurb about our effort to your followers and friends! See below.
“Would you like to help shelter mothers and children escaping violence, prevent families from becoming homeless, grow healthy food on urban farms, create jobs for youth, meet the needs of newcomers, aid the elderly, support local business, all with one gift? Support GivingTuesday Somerville! http://www.givingcommon.org/givingtuesdaysomerville
In Somerville, GivingTuesday brings participating organizations together to promote one another, honor our community, and celebrate the diversity within Somerville. The GiveLocal campaign started in October and culminates in a celebratory event on GivingTuesday, December 1st. To get in, all you have to do is make a donation to GivingTuesday Somerville at http://www.givingcommon.org/givingtuesdaysomerville