Building a new organization is never easy. It's a lot like learning to crawl. Have you ever watched a baby try to crawl? Sometimes they are able to move from belly to knees, sometimes they just get stuck. YTIA got off to a slow start, too. After we had filed corporate documents and gotten our non-profit status, 2010 just crawled by. We had a couple of meetings and kept planning but nothing really got moving. Our busy law practices kept us from spending the kind of time we needed to spend on our growing "baby". We got a little push in the Spring of 2011. I was reading the Sunday Express-News one Sunday morning and I came across an ad that said in bold print "CALLING ALL CHARITIES". I got a little bit more information about the "Macy's Shop for a Cause" Event and we decided to give it a try. By participating in the event we could raise a little money for our infant organization, and we decided that it would be a good idea. We were assisted by a sweet, young lady from Macy's named Blanca, who oversaw our sales and provided some encouragement. The actual event was held on Saturday, August 27, 2011 and we raised some money for YTIA! What a thrill -- we were learning to crawl!
Mary E. Valdez is one of the co-founders of YTIA, an attorney with an interest in (hopefully) making things a little bit better.