Community Passion – Letter from United Way of Genesee County CEO
“My experiences have taught me that it is the passion to give back that helps us accomplish so much throughout our community.”
There are a million things that we feel we have to do. We have to cut the lawn. We have to go grocery shopping. We have to pay our bills. We have to go to work. The one thing that you should never feel like you have to do is give back to your community. That’s because you will know in your heart it’s the right thing to do. You also will see it in the faces of the people that you are helping. My experiences have taught me that it is the passion to give back that helps us accomplish so much throughout our community. That passion to give back could not be more prevalent than right now during the Flint water crisis. The support that Flint residents received, not just from their own community but from across the country, is enough to warm anyone’s heart.
Our elementary students have received cards from fellow students in other states who wanted to let our students know that they support them. Companies and schools throughout the country organized water drives, food drives and fundraisers to help Flint residents. Some donors even drove their donations here from hundreds of miles away.
Others bought a plane ticket to come to Flint to distribute water to shut-ins without asking for a single penny in return. As individuals we can only do some much, but when we all come together we can make a bigger impact and that is priceless
So thank you to all who give back and allow yourself to feel that indescribable feeling. At the end of the day, giving back is not about an obligation; it is knowing in your heart that it is the right thing to do.
Chief Executive Officer
United Way of Genesee County