Making a difference in the life of another person is an accomplishment unlike any other. Often, one small change—a new opportunity, a door opened wide, a helping hand—can have a lasting impact, not only for that person, but for his or her family, community, country, or even the world. At the Chicago Botanic Garden, we are committed to making a difference by helping people keep growing. One of many ways we do this is by providing educational opportunities for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.
This month, I want to acknowledge the breadth of the year-round educational opportunities the President’s Circle makes possible. Your generosity supports programs that nurture an understanding of the natural world for preschool-aged students; engaging camps, classes, and leadership programs for students from kindergarten through middle school; initiatives to help promising high-school students realize their dreams of a college education; and, most recently, opportunities for college graduates to earn a master’s or Ph.D. degree and acquire the knowledge needed to ensure we continue living in a world with abundant plant life.
As important as these programs are for achieving the Garden’s mission, support from the President’s Circle makes possible even more. The Garden provides education for adults who want to pursue an interest, develop a skill, or acquire the training necessary for a new job or career. We offer classes in Spanish, symposia on important subjects for experts in that field, and certificate programs for personal or professional development. The Garden also works in partnership to offer vocational training for youths and young adults in underserved communities, prisoners seeking a better life, and veterans who need new skills.
With the help of the President’s Circle, the Garden is helping people to discover lifelong passions, fulfill dreams, or pursue opportunities that make it possible to lead better, healthier, and more satisfying lives. The Garden—true to long-standing principles that are further strengthened in our new 10-year strategic plan—is committed to continue growing so we remain able to fulfill the educational needs—and make a difference in the lives—of all those we serve.
I deeply appreciate your commitment to the Garden and the ideal of providing lifelong educational opportunities. I look forward to thanking you in person at one of our next President’s Circle events.