In the 1970’s a small group of parents became motivated to help the Loveland Center serve the needs of their children. They organized events such as dinners, card parties and garage sales to raise money.
Recognizing the need to involve more parents and others in the community in this project, they created The Lovelanders on August 11, 1983. The first meeting on August 16 laid the groundwork of the new organization, with the sole purpose of raising money for the students needs of the Loveland Center.
The first chairperson was Bernice Wilson and in May, 1984 the first slate of officers were elected with Peter Ciro as president. Scheduled fundraisers started immediately and by the first of the year the treasury held over $2000 and membership was 47.
In 1995, The Lovelanders, Inc. became a non-profit corporation.
IT IS OUR MISSION TO PROMOTE, DEVELOP AND ENCOURAGE A MUTUAL INTEREST BETWEEN LOVELAND CENTER AND ALL INTERESTED PARTIES
This is accomplished in three ways:
- Fundraising: Over the years, The Lovelanders, Inc. has raised a significant amount of money for the Loveland Center, Inc. through its own fundraisers and by supporting the fundraising activities of the Loveland Center itself.
- Social Events: The Lovelanders, Inc. arranges regular social events (parties, picnics, etc.) for the students of The Loveland Center. This allows them to interact with their friends in a relaxed, fun environment.
- Volunteering: Our members make themselves available to assist The Loveland Center whenever needed. This may include help with brochure mailings, lunchroom supervision and other non-teaching tasks.
The needs of the Center are more complex today — new programs are being introduced and enrollment has increased from 42 in 1986 to over 100 at present. The Loveland Center campus was built with the help of the entire Venice community. We need new working members to broaden our commitment to the students and to help make their dreams for the future come true.