A theme of immense gratitude has emerged from nonprofit organizations throughout Longmont throughout the year and the pandemic. In a series of letters throughout the day, Longmont nonprofit organizations are sending out their heartfelt thanks to the Longmont community for the support they have received. The Longmont Leader accepts contributions, photos, and op-eds for publication from community members, business leaders and public officials on local topics. Publication will be at the discretion of the editor and published opinions do not represent the views of the Longmont Leader or its staff. To submit a contribution, email email@example.com.
It’s been incredibly inspiring to witness the power of community over the last two years. During a time too often fraught with conflict and divisiveness, we’ve seen the very best in our community, as folks in Longmont have continually come together to help others. From neighbors helping neighbors, to local nonprofits helping to bridge the gap for members of our community, to the continued support of our TLC alum families and community supporters, each has been vital in helping us keep our doors open throughout the tumult of COVID.
But perhaps the members of our community for whom we are most grateful are our dedicated staff, for without them we simply wouldn’t be the TLC that Longmont has come to depend upon for over 65 years.
Early childcare education has never been an easy or lucrative career, few jobs in education are, and the effects of the pandemic have only made this more obvious. However, the commitment of our teachers and therapists has been awe-inspiring. Our staff has been on the frontlines since May of 2020, providing consistent early learning and therapy services to the kids in our community who need it most. Many of our staff have pre-existing health conditions of their own that make them especially vulnerable to COVID, and yet they continually show up every day for our kids, providing the love and support that they need to thrive. At a time when many child care and early learning centers are being forced to close their doors, we are overwhelmingly blessed to have teachers and therapists dedicated to helping each child in our community reach their fullest potential, regardless of their ability or background and for this we are immensely grateful.
We are so lucky to be a part of this wonderful community and look forward to serving the children and families of Boulder County for another 65 years!