Real and lasting change that benefits our whole community is only possible when people from all walks of life are willing to roll up their sleeves and contribute where they are needed most.
Tell us a little about yourself. How long have you been volunteering with United Way?
I’ve been volunteering with United Way since I joined the board in 2014. And in 2018 one of the committees was tasked with creating an event to celebrate the chapter’s 60th anniversary in the community. The idea of a Festival of Trees sprouted from those discussions. I’m been involved in planning that event now going into our fifth year. It’s been incredibly meaningful to know that we’ve raised at least half a million dollars to support those who are hungry and homeless in our community.
How did you get started volunteering here at United Way?
A friend and former United Way marketing manager nominated me to join the board. I’m grateful she asked me because it’s been gratifying to work with the team there and with the board in supporting our community.
What motivates you to give back to the community?
I have seen this quote attributed in various forms to many famous people but I recall first seeing a version of it by Eleanor Roosevelt, and that is: “to whom much is given, much is expected.” Those of us who are blessed with more have a responsibility, I believe, to help those who have less. I know how it feels to be poor and to need services from a nonprofit. I also know that people were there to help me, and I want to do the same for others.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about volunteering?
I would reinforce that even small acts can make a big difference in someone’s life. Give what you can and know that it’s making a difference. And check out volunteertricities.org to look at all the ways you can share your time and talents with those who have needs.