Why I am a leadership giver through Our Promise
Philanthropy \Phi*lan”thro*py\, n. [L. philanthropia, Gr. ?: cf. F. philanthropie.] Love to mankind; benevolence toward the whole human family; universal good will; desire and readiness to do good to all men; — opposed to misanthropy ~ Webster’s Dictionary
I love the idea of being a philanthropist because the very definition is to do good for the whole human family or the community. I give through Our Promise because it fosters a sense of community among state workers to take care of each other and people in the communities where we live.
Being a single mom putting a kid through college and keeping up with a mortgage through the recession hasn’t been easy. But giving through Our Promise makes it easier, because I am a part of something bigger than myself. Realizing that I am helping to uplift others makes me feel better about my lot in life. Giving comes full circle to receiving … good feelings and knowing that when I, or one of my loved ones, need help – the non-profits will be there for us. The old sayings, “What goes around, comes around” and “You reap what you sow”, are true.
I give to my church which in turn gives to Francis House, a resource and counseling center for homeless families and to Project Success, which helps at-risk youth. Along with dozens of other employees at the State Treasurer’s Office, I volunteer at Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services (SFBS). SFBS has enough services to interest any volunteer from food and clothing assistance, to help with infants, tutoring and art classes. The best part is for every dollar you give, SFBS can leverage it into $10 worth of groceries to feed the hungry. In addition, we have started a Helping Hands Food Closet at the State Treasurer’s Office to help employees get through the work furloughs and the recession.
No matter where you give your time, talent or treasure, I encourage you to just get going! I promise you’ll feel great in the process.