Once again, the baby squirrel season is upon Wildlife Rescue, along with the usual animals that struggle to survive the winter. As we gear up for the parade of spring baby birds, much is happening here.
At the top of the list is the hiring of an executive director to manage the day-to-day operations of our shelter (see accompanying article about Chata Alfaro). As our part-time, interim director, Chata will manage the shelter and staff, better define the job and help launch our search in May for a permanent director.
Our Board elections were delayed from last October to March while the Board searched for direction from our active volunteers at our annual Planning Meeting, and with the group's consensus began the search for an executive director and additional Board members. A new Board will be installed before you get this newsletter and will be launching a fundraising campaign to raise over $250,000 to meet the current year's costs of operations (nearly twice our 1998 costs). The cost of doing business in Silicon Valley has skyrocketed. We may need to ask you, our generous supporters, for some additional help this year.
We continue to search for another location, in case the City of Palo Alto and the Palo Alto School District decide to use the Cubberley Community Center--our home for 20 years--for other purposes. Please see the accompanying article (on Page 5) on the status of this important issue.
Finally, last year we raised $188,248 ($37,696 in December was way above expectations) and spent $174,306. You, our members, really came through for us. We could not have had such a successful year caring for nearly 2,400 animals without your financial support and our amazing volunteers and staff who worked so hard. Thank you all for your terrific support.
Valerie Baldwin, President