In celebration of our 6th anniversary at Neighbor Brigade we are thrilled to introduce a campaign to honor the memory of Jean Seiden.  Anyone who knows the inspiration for Neighbor Brigade treasures the memory of Jean.  She was a best friend to founder Pam Washek and together they founded its forerunner, the Wayland Angels in 2002. As young mothers they dealt with cancer diagnoses within weeks of each other and were so moved by the support of their community that they galvanized and grew the Angel network to help neighbors in need.  If Pam was the heart of the Angels, Jean was its joy. For Jean, life was cheerful, generous and celebratory.  Jean was a lover of music and a talented piano player and gave lessons to manJean Seiden and Pam Washeky local children and never took a penny.

When first diagnosed with breast cancer Jean held a kickoff party to mark her first round of treatment. When the disease recurred, Jean and her husband Mike created a fund to eradicate it. As she lay in bed weeks before passing in October 2006, Jean lamented her inability to help others.  No doubt as Pam stood before hundreds that gathered at Wayland’s Sandy Burr Country Club to launch Neighbor Brigade in April 2010, Jean was uppermost in her mind.

Now celebrating our 6th anniversary at Neighbor Brigade, Jean lives on in the daily fulfillment of our mission. As such, we have set a goal in Jean’s name to expand into 6 new communities by the end of 2016.  Our 6 in ‘16 remembers and honors Jean and her hope to see her band of angels – now Neighbor Brigade – flourish and grow. 

Each chapter costs approximately $5,000 to start up and support.  This covers expenses such as liability insurance for volunteers, allows us to run background checks to help ensure the safety of everyone involved and enables needs to be fulfilled quickly and easily via our new volunteer and task management software. Make a donation today to support our 6 in ‘16 for Jean campaign to expand our free services into new communities and support families facing crises.