Betty Ferguson Foundation To Close, Members Still Dedicated To The Cause
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
An open letter from the founders of the Betty Ferguson Foundation
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead
Nothing lasts forever, though sometimes we’d like to think it would – especially if it is a good thing, something that benefits many. A good thing is what Betty Ferguson Foundation (BFF) has been…and in some respects will continue to be.
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After twelve years of dedicating their hearts, their time, energy, and finances, this foundation is closing its doors, effective December 31. For several weeks the Board of Directors has labored over how, if and when to do this…and came to the conclusion that the time is now.
BFF has served the Santa Clarita Valley with a mission, “To Train, Develop and Empower Women and Youth to be a Vital Force in Society…” and has done it in a selfless, faithful and ethical manner – meeting needs. They have helped women and girls begin, further and/or begin again, their education. Girls have gone to math and science camps, women have been sponsored to complete their certification programs, utility bills have been paid, Christmases have been provided for, local non-profit events have been supported by their volunteers, long-term relationships have begun, and a purpose-for-being has occurred within the walls of their office on Avenue Stanford.
Since 1997, when they held their first Mes Amies meeting, every 3rd Tuesday of the month, Judy, Jane and Marjanne have opened their doors and hearts to “Connect Women to Each Other and Their Community.” Since 1999, their youth program, Youth With A Voice, has provided girls with “Training in Leadership and Community Service.” Lives have been changed and BFF has made a difference – for the women and girls and our community.
In 2005, BFF established their Education Advancement Forum, their scholarship program, at College of the Canyons. To date, they are half-way to meeting that goal and will dedicate any and all remaining funds to that program.
Maya Angelou once said, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
We’ve said and done a lot of things in these past years, most of all, we want people to know they have been loved in the process.
Judy Cox, Jane Bettencourt-Soto, Marjanne Priest