“We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say, ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.” Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.” — Fred Rogers
Mr. Rogers hits the nail right on the head. I don’t know what else to say. If someone isn’t compelled to help those less fortunate, it is almost impossible to make them see why it is important. Working at the community foundation has made me aware that there are a lot more people out there who care. I see all of the volunteers that it takes to run the many nonprofits that are largely staffed by underpaid or unpaid people who care passionately about meeting a variety of needs in our local community. How does a person decide which is the most important need?
That is up to the individual to decide.
Many have had their own lives impacted by something that sparks their interest, others have seen family or friends go through trials and tribulations and realize how hard it is sometimes for people to get by without a little help from their friends. Even people with all the money in the world need friends. Someone to share problems with, someone to laugh with and cry with, depending upon the circumstances. No one has it all. So, those of you inclined to be good neighbors, good friends, good citizens of the universe, there are those who you may never meet that may benefit from your generosity. Some would rather give anonymously than be confronted by another’s lack. Others would rather get right in the trenches and physically help right a wrong, build a house or clean up a disaster area.
It takes all sorts of help, talents and treasure, to meet the needs we see around us. If you’re already helping, thank you. If you want to help and don’t know where to start, we would be happy to direct you to a starting place.
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