UW Combined Fund Drive

Community Connections

May 2022

Hi y’all!

Dahlia Tutu Bottom

It’s May and we know that April showers bring May flowers. This May is no exception. I’d like to introduce all of you to the newest flower in our family, Dahlia. We lost our sweet Tova kitty to kidney disease earlier this year. The humans in our house find her a true delight. Her new kitty sister, Greta, is warming up. It can be hard to be the new cat on the block.

Speaking of new, I’m excited to welcome Mari Litzenberger to Team UWCFD. Mari is returning to the UW and is bringing lots of great experience working at nonprofits with her. She will be a great addition to our team and I look forward to all of you getting a chance to work with her.

Another thing I’m looking forward to is coordinator recruitment. That’s right – it’s time to start thinking about this fall’s campaign! I’ll be reaching to former coordinators and department deans, directors and chairs to start getting this year’s coordinator team ready for business.

Other May flowers making me happy include the UWCFD dipping our toes back into planning some hybrid gatherings for the fall campaign. As Covid allows, we are looking forward to having some opportunities to see you in person! While we continue to grow and improve our digital outreach (check out our Husky Green Award!), I can’t wait to see you in person. I’m a hugger and I’ve got years of hugs saved up to share.

My final spring flower happened while I was taking my son to school. Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain” – covered by The Highway Women – was playing on my beloved KEXP and I started singing along and so did he. And we both got a little louder and a little more joyful. All the way to school. And he stayed in the car to sing with me to the end of the song.

It was such a great moment.

Then I got home and could smell my gorgeous lilacs blooming in my back yard as I walked into the front yard – plus the neighbor’s fresh cut grass. It totally made my day. I took my laptop outside, worked on the porch, and enjoyed the sweet smell of spring.

Enjoy the little moments of joy blooming around you. Stop and smell the lilacs.

Hooray for May!
– Jolyn


Jolyn Mason
Campaign Manager
UW Combined Fund Drive