For our avid blog-readers, I am sure you have noticed how many of my blog posts are quite sappy or sentimental. Just like how you can count on Anthony’s blog posts for puns, I feel like mine are typically infused with sappiness.
And unfortunately, that is not going to stop today…
Something that really stands out to me here at CSNW is the feeling of community. It is a different level of community than other places I have been. It has been even more apparent to me over the past month.
With our recent fundraiser (HOOT!), our summer full of MANY chimpanzee birthdays, volunteer work parties to progress construction on Young’s Hill, I have been consistently blown away by the support from all of you. It is quite an indescribable feeling to know how many people out there stand behind what we do, from both near and far.
Just as an example, for Missy’s birthday in August, we loaded up our Amazon Wishlist with items we knew Missy would love for her big day, and over the span of probably a week, all of the party items had been bought. Our chimp house foyer was packed with tomato themed items up until her birthday.
Also, another example: yesterday was Day 1 of the volunteer work party on Young’s Hill. There was such a big turnout that yesterday’s tasks were finished in about 3.5 hours. It was amazing the progress that had been made by some generous volunteers who love the chimps! The hill isn’t ready for the chimps just yet, but we are steps closer and that is exciting!
“A true community is not just about being geographically close to someone or part of the same social web network. It’s about feeling connected and responsible for what happens.”
I found this quote today and it couldn’t be more true. We have supporters all over the world, with many who will never visit Cle Elum, Washington. Despite the distance, you continuously support the chimps and are crucial parts of their lives. Your support, in all of the ways possible you can give it, no matter how big or small, makes a huge difference for the sanctuary.
The staff, volunteers, donors, and anyone who has supported CSNW in the past or present all have something in common: we all love and adore the 16 chimps and want to see them thrive. We hope you feel apart of this community because we are grateful you’re here!