November 23, 2020
What a year it’s been! As 2020 draws to a close, we look back with gratitude on the bright spots in a challenging year, and few of them glow brighter than our strong, passionate, and generous GlassRoots community. We also look ahead to next year with hope, knowing that with supporters like you, we will be able to face any challenges that may come and continue providing an impactful educational and life-affirming experience to the students we serve.
The devastating coronavirus pandemic forced us to close our studios in March, but within two weeks, we quickly implemented our innovative Virtual Studios programs. Determined to stay connected to our community, our dedicated and innovative staff created a series of daily, online programs using our social media channels as broadcast stations that engaged more than 20,000 people from around the world!
Additionally, we created GlassRoots At Home, our remote learning programs that expand upon and utilize our expertise and experience in glass-art making, and which promote hands-on learning through the use of at-home activity kits.
When you support GlassRoots, you support innovation, connection, perseverance and resilience - in our spunky organization, and in our students. While we were faced with challenges we never could have anticipated, we also learned new ways of operating that will enable us to stay engaged with an even larger/broader audience going forward.
We have incorporated what we’ve learned into our new hybrid programs, which we have added to very small, socially distanced, in-person classes and private lessons. Our new array of offerings will keep our students engaged and learning until we’re in our new home, within the Newark Arts Commons, early next year.
In the midst of this all, we began our celebration of our 20th year! We know that for the past two decades, the transformative power of the GlassRoots experience has changed lives and reshaped the Newark community. By giving to GlassRoots, you’ll help us continue adapting into next year and beyond to ensure our students have access to the exceptional experiences they need and deserve. Your support makes this happen. Within this new reality, your contributions are more important than ever.
If you are able to do so, please support GlassRoots and all of our students and programs by donating today. If you’re able to give online, at glassroots.org/donate, we’ll be able to put your gift to work immediately. Otherwise, we welcome your gift at 10 Bleeker St, Newark NJ 07018. GlassRoots is also able to accept gifts of stock or securities. Our Development Director, Karen Gonon, would be happy to assist you with these gifts, or answer any questions you may have. She can be reached at 973-353-9555
With our heartfelt appreciation and best wishes,
Barbara Heisler, CEO
PIVOT REPORT: GlassRoots held its very first Virtual Youth Entrepreneurial Spirit (YES!) Business Plan Competition in response to COVID-19 to keep some sort of normality to our program for our students. We nervously planned the event – with no idea how it would turn out. Delightfully, the responses to our students’ posts and submissions of votes came pouring in - GlassRoots followers were fully engaged! The students went all out – sharing their Business Competition posts with their classmates and family members to encourage votes. Once all the votes were counted; student Izavia was ultimately awarded 1st place in the competition. We’re so proud that each of the YES! Full day and after-school cohorts completed their programs. While the ending wasn’t optimal, we anticipate incorporating a virtual presence into future Business Plan Competitions.