Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thankful Holiday


Dear Friends, Customers and Partners,

The "first Thanksgiving" in the New World is a wonderful metaphor for what our CommunityOS customers do everyday.

By the spring of 1620, the Pilgrims were in dire straits. As the story goes, it was the kindness of a Native American, Squanto, who extended a helping hand. Less known, however, is the alliance that Squanto helped to form between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag, a local tribe, which would endure for more than 50 years.

Partnerships are all about working together, and connecting needs and assets for a stronger whole. Theodore Roosevelt spoke about the need to transform good will to good deeds: "Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds." Deeds involve action. "Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action."  ~W.J. Cameron

This spirit of action--being purposeful about helping those in need, and doing so by working together, is the tradition of Thanksgiving represented everyday by our customers. From 2-1-1 Call Center Specialists fielding millions of calls, connecting people with basic needs; to the volunteers helping disaster victims find shelter and safety; from homeless Continua of Care organizations banding together to help people get back on their feet; to local agencies working to weave the fabric of resilience and progress, we are honored to provide the platform for community care.

Today, we give thanks to and are continually in awe of, the work you do in service of others.

Happy Thanksgiving, 
The Entire VisionLink Team