The Wish Project is undertaking the task of finding a new chief executive officer because David Fitzgerald, who has led the nonprofit furniture, clothing and household goods bank located in Chelmsford since November 2016, is stepping down for personal reasons.
Rick Dunn, president of the board of directors, said a search committee will be led by Alyce Moore, a former general counsel at Kronos Inc., and longtime Wish Project volunteer, who will also serve as interim CEO while the search is underway.
Longtime Chief Operations Officer Jill Maker will assist Moore.
Addition details on Fitzgerald’s reasons for leaving were not disclosed, but Dunn touted Fitzgerald’s accomplishments and wished him well in a press release.
“In the nearly four years that David has been with us, The Wish Project has grown and strengthened. Under his leadership, we have helped tens of thousands of families meet their basic needs especially in times of crisis,” Dunn said. “We moved from our longtime location in Lowell to new space in Chelmsford. We supported the community throughout the Merrimack Valley gas explosions. We are all thankful for David’s leadership and commitment. He has helped to make The Wish Project what it is today.”
Dunn said the organization’s donors, staff and passionate volunteers will ensure the Wish Project continues to meet community needs.
The organization returned to normal operating hours on July 7, with new procedures in place due to COVID-19. The warehouse in Chelmsford is once again open from Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Donations are now accepted by appointment only, with anyone wishing to donate encouraged to email office manager Grace Cordero at email@example.com to schedule a time for delivery.
The organization’s thrift store will remained closed.
“These are difficult times for everyone, no less our clients,” Dunn said. “We look forward to continuing our mission to provide critical immediate assistance to those in our community who need our help now more than ever.”