Our final contributor to the series is longtime Napa resident and community leader Angela Peatman.
1. How did you initially become involved with Cope Family Center?
A friend had been a volunteer and told me about Cope. I took a 10-week training course that was required before working with social service nonprofits in Napa, and I chose Cope as the agency I wanted to work with.
2. What gave you the greatest satisfaction when you were affiliated with Cope?
Volunteering at the grassroots level – childcare during parenting classes, some front office time, accompanying home visitors, working on fundraising, major gift campaigns, and special events like the Blue Plate Special Celeb, waiters’ party, house parties, etc.
3. How have you seen Cope change over the last 40 years?
Exponential growth and expanded services. There is a new sense of leadership in the entire Napa Valley nonprofit scene. And I’ve seen quite a change in terms of innovative fundraising techniques.
4. Do you have any recommendations on other people we should speak with about Cope’s 40th anniversary?
Stephanie Grohs and Lee Schwab Patti Brown.
5. Where do you see Cope Family Center going in the next 40 years?
I expect Cope to continue to play the nonprofit leadership role that it has established in the community. It is among the most respected of the local nonprofits. It may need to consider a larger venue for the offices and to meet growing services. The present location is ideal for a large number of clients, but the house has special limitations.