WCA Calendars have been organizing schedules and recording lifetimes of memories of donors for over 90 years! Something about our unique calendars has attracted a loyal following since the 1930s. Even when publication costs rose and WCA tried to discontinue printing them, donors and their families stepped in to make sure they could get their annual copies.
Much like WCA itself, our calendar has evolved over time. Since our inception in 1914 when a group of concerned citizens gathered to improve the lives of vulnerable children, WCA looked for a way to engage the community in our advocacy. Thus, the calendar was born! WCA calendars were given to new mothers and community members who moved to Westchester as part of the “Welcome Wagon of Westchester” as a way to introduce them to our child advocacy while becoming part of their daily lives. Although this package no longer circulates, the connection to WCA calendars remains strong.
We reached out to long-standing WCA Calendar Patrons to better understand its appeal. Many of them shared that the contents go beyond dates and daily reminders, but also represent lifetimes of memories and reflect a devotion to their families’ needs.
WCA would like to deeply thank all of our calendar patrons who have donated and received calendars for decades or even more recently. You inspire us to see the big picture and remind us of how WCA is woven into the fabric of Westchester communities. Thank you for rewarding us with heartwarming stories and allowing us to be part of your lives.
We are especially grateful to the very special and very generous donor who has sponsored our calendars in recent years allowing most of the proceeds from donations to go to supporting our child advocacy work to ensure all of Westchester’s children are healthy, safe, and prepared for life’s challenges.
“I’d be utterly lost without that yearly diary and I know my daughter feels the same! It was instituted by my mother for her daughters a LONG time ago and now it goes to the 3rd generation!” – WCA Calendar Patron
“As a new bride 56 years ago, my mother-in-law gave me the WCA calendar. Through the years, it has been a constant in our lives … a diary and journal of people and places.”
“I must tell you how much I love them. Your calendars have been part of my life for many decades,” wrote one appreciative recipient. “When I was cleaning out my mother’s stuff after she died, I found that she had kept all of her WCA calendars from the 1970s and on in a box. Those calendars were records of my nuclear family’s life and it was a joy to flip through them. I have them now and always will.”
“For as long as I can remember, I have used the annual WCA Calendar,” explained our special donor. “I so prefer it to having my plans on an electronic device. I love looking at a week at a glance with the days broken into Morning, Afternoon, and Evening. My mom always used these calendars, and I have her old ones. I think she gave me my first one when I went to college, so that means I’ve been using one for 60 years. I just can’t live without it … it fits in all my daytime purses, and it’s such a wonderful diary. Yes, I have kept all 60 of mine!”
You can order a WCA Calendar of your own to be mailed to you at wca4kids.org/calendars