A Letter from Penny
Since joining The Pando Initiative last year, I’ve been asked to describe or explain why we chose the name Pando. Simply — Pando means “to spread out” and that’s what we do. Like the roots of a tree, we spread out into our local schools to CONNECT students to whatever resources are needed, so they can ENGAGE at school and THRIVE at life.
Whether it’s a ride to school, a snack to get a kiddo through the day, connecting them to community services or an alarm clock to wake on time, Pando is there. Our staff helps Pando kids navigate life and become a stable influence in an often chaotic life.
We help students see a future beyond their own neighborhood or life circumstance by providing a safe, nurturing environment where learning happens and relationships are built, and through relationships, transformation can begin.
I am honored to join such an amazing and dedicated group of volunteers and staff as Executive Director and look forward to meeting many of you in the coming year.