|Board of Trustees Member Highlight
May I confess—I like telling people that I am a Foundation Trustee because I feel so connected to Miami Township and Yellow Springs through the work of the Foundation. Perhaps you have been noticing the Foundation's impact on our community since COVID-19 reared its head; listening, making connections, driving community involvement, tapping into the giving energy that many of us have when we see others struggling when able, in some small or large way, doing something that supports our corner of Greene County.
I, it sometimes surprises me, am helping with this and always learning about philanthropy, the Village and Township, the amazing people and organizations here, and the potential, always the potential, of what can occur when people get together around something they value.
My relationship with Yellow Springs started when I attended Antioch College (AC)—the International Degree Program— and then stayed, extending my last co-op into a "real job" with Kettering Research Lab, and when it closed, working for Yellow Springs Instruments (YSI). I left YSI to join the Peace Corps in South Africa. At that time, Yellow Springs may have had the largest per-capita percentage of population of returned Peace Corps Volunteers anywhere—43 in a town of 3500! Most recently, I have worked with AC to help it establish itself and ride the wave of potential in higher education.
I do seem to find myself trying to help others help themselves, which helps me learn, question, and find my role with the Foundation.
And, it is tooooo cool to provide financial resources (grant money) to those in the community who are doing great things with high energy and a vision. This includes awarding funds you or your neighbor donated to an endowment, scholarship, or in memory of someone special. Perhaps you recently received $1200 from the federal government for COVID-19 relief and wanted to do something that could have a positive impact on many people.
Many of us want to make a little impact—I am honored to have the opportunity to make a little impact through the Yellow Springs Community Foundation.