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Volunteer Appreciation

Peanuts is 100% volunteer-run.

That's right - Peanuts is 100% powered by volunteers, which means every single thing we do requires the donated time and talents of our amazing Board and member community. Every single cohort speaker, every community event, every happy hour, every poster in Sherman circle, every email (and there are thousands), every word on the website, every social media post, everything we have done and given to the community is because a fellow Greater Petworth parent took the time and found the resources to make it happen. 

We emphasize the "parent" part of that statement because we all have "real" jobs and crazy kids and competing priorities – but with our combined efforts we have made a true and profound difference. And it’s not just about the face value of a fun happy hour or playground meet up – it’s the lasting impact we’ve made in the lives of individual caregivers and in the Greater Petworth community. Peanuts has seen a 7000%+ increase in cohort participation since Spring 2020 when the organization began; we've grown from 15 women to 1200+ caregivers in just 3 years. That’s hundreds and hundreds of families who have had the opportunity feel connected and supported in an accessible way. And, looking at our wider community impact/involvement - we’ve had roughly 4,000+ people participate in the 2021 and 2022 Spooktaculars, Miracle on Upshur, and Pride in the Park events alone (big huge thanks to our sponsors!)....and we've been very proud (thanks to Community Service & Relations Officer Justine Williams) to spearhead service efforts on behalf of Ward 4 Mutual Aid and Greater DC Diaper Bank as a part of those community events.

In the middle of this growth, Peanuts “relaunched” in Fall 2022, which included:

Meanwhile, we planned over 25 different events and initiatives in the last year alone, 23(!!) of which took place in the Fall and Winter of 2022-2023. Stunning, whirlwind growth!

We are especially grateful to one volunteer in particular for supporting and guiding our growth: our Peanut of the Year and recipient of the first annual Golden Peanut Award: Kirstin Krudwig! In addition to being an active member of the Board, Kirstin was a facilitator for Cohort 7, she has single handedly managed all newborn cohort speakers, newborn cohort recruitment, and newborn cohort orientation; and she brought the Continuing Education Speaker series to fruition… all while simultaneously finishing Nursing school, starting a brand new job as a Labor and Delivery Nurse, teaching Stroller Strides to postpartum moms, AND raising two children (and a husband)! We are truly in awe and so deeply grateful for everything Kirstin has done for Peanuts and the Greater Petworth Community!

Kirstin shown far right at our Volunteer Appreciation Celebration, along with Board Member Justine Williams (left) and Continuing Ed Speaker Series Coordinator Lara Seligman (middle).

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To all our Volunteers and SponsorsAbsolutely none of our work would be possible without you. We as a Board are so deeply grateful to every single one of you for all the time, effort and resources you have donated to support Peanuts this year. Your efforts truly matter and you have made a tangible difference in our community. We have learned so much from each of you, and we hope you continue to bring us your ideas and enthusiasm; your unique perspectives are critical to our success and to our goal of being responsive to the diversity of our members and our community.

We can't wait to see what we can do with your support in 2023!

 

Looking for ways to get involved? Check out our Volunteer Opportunities page.

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