Strengthening Families Washington 2017 Unsung Hero Linda McCloud
Unsung Hero Linda McCloud
Seattle's Child is proud to once again sponsor the Unsung Heroes being honored in February by the Department of Early Learning’s Strengthening Families Washington. Every day this month we'll present an Unsung Hero on seattleschild.com. Nominations are accepted from around the state and include biological parents, grandparents, foster and adoptive parents. Some volunteer at local schools; some have started nonprofit organizations; some mentor others in their communities. All honorees are true heroes - outstanding caregivers doing important work on behalf of children.
February 26, 2017
Honoree: Linda McCloud, Olympia
Nominator: Deborah Sioux Lee
Linda McCloud is the Community Services Director Assistant at the Nisqually Indian Tribe which oversees all education and early childhood education programs, but she is known to our staff and community families as ‘Auntie’ and ‘Grandma.’ It is Linda's official position to ensure all programs under her direction comply with all tribal, federal and state regulations. It is not, however, part of her job description to take care of individual families in crisis, but that is exactly what Linda does when our families turn to her for support.
Whenever there is a family in need or in crisis and they feel too ashamed to ask staff for help, they turn to ‘Auntie’ or ‘Grandma’ Linda because they trust her and know she will personally assist them without judgment or hesitation. She will take time out of her personal schedule to connect families to the various community resources, and often accompany them to their appointments for support. She is the trusted 'Grandma' that our at-risk families turn to in their time of need.
Her kind heart and loving spirit guides her passion to see our people succeed in every area of life regardless of their situation. She is the strength that families in crisis depend on, and the loving, gentle guiding force that keeps our parents on a path to success. Her dedication to the Nisqually people is unparalleled. Her determination to see families through their time of crisis is in large part the reason why our programs here are so successful.
Linda has spent countless hours of her own personal time to help families succeed through crisis, all without complaint or hesitation. She never considered being compensated or recognized for her work with our families, and this is why I am nominating Linda McCloud for the unsung hero award.
Go HERE to reach about the other 2017 Unsung Heroes.