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Letter from the President - July 2012
Letter from Jennifer Holt, Greater Chicago Chapter President

  

July 2012

 

    

 

Did you know individuals, not corporations, are the largest contributors to philanthropic causes? "The reality is that four out of five or 80 percent of philanthropic dollars are contributed by individuals and bequests. That rises to 87 percent if you include family foundation giving." In 2010, Americans gave more than $290 billion to their favorite causes. Even further, research from the Corporation for National and Community Service shows a strong relationship between volunteering and health: those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer. Right now, Milwaukee ranks 8th out of 51 cities with a 32% volunteer rate and Chicago ranks 35th with a 25.1% volunteer rate, among U.S. cities.

 

I'm continually inspired and amazed by the generosity demonstrated by the members of the WICT Greater Chicago chapter.

 

  • December 2011 - More than 970 toys donated to Toys for Tots
  • December 2011 - $8,450 raised to support PAR
  • April 2012 - $5,000 donated to the Illinois Military Assistance Fund
  • June 2012 - More than 2,000 pairs of shoes donated to Soles4Souls
  • June 2012 - Board members participated in a mock career fair for CARA

 

Giving of our time, treasures, and talent is clearly important to this chapter. Recently, I met Amanda May, an employee of Comcast. She was kind enough to share with me her story and how she and her family became involved with the Make a Wish foundation. I'd like to share it with you now:

 

I Needed Faith!

 

Faith May  

 

Hi!  My name is Amanda May.  I am a dispatcher for Comcast's Greater Chicago Region (GCR).  I am a wife, but most of all, I am a Mom to three beautiful daughters:  Jada 8, Faith 7, and Jolie 5.  To know Faith is to be inspired.  She is what we call a "miracle."  At birth, she was flat lined for seven minutes.  At one month, she wasn't expected to live to be one year old.  At age one, she wasn't expected to live to age three.  Here we are, a few months after Faith's 7th birthday, and she is still going strong.  Faith loves life and isn't going down without a fight.  She is a fighter.  Faith has Cerebral Palsy; she is deaf, has an inoperable heart condition and is tube fed.  Faith is the size of an 8 month old, and has the motor skills of a 4 month old.  With all of her challenges she is still just one of the girls.  Faith has her own very strong personality.  Although Faith's situation is unfortunate and frankly sad, she has never allowed any of her disabilities to impact her.  She loves her daddy, and is very much a Daddy's Girl!  She is a girly girl.  She loves dresses and anything that sparkles.  She loves dolls, especially dolls with hair (so she can pull it).  Faith loves to "dance" along with her favorite TV characters.   She loves Mickey Mouse and Yo Gabba Gabba. She likes what she likes and lets you know very quickly what she dislikes.   Earlier this year our family was given the privilege to make a wish by the "Make a Wish Foundation".  The Make a Wish Foundation's sole purpose is to grant wishes for terminally ill children.  The children are granted anything they wish for without worrying about the financial impact on the family.  They are a Non-for-profit organization.  They are able to grant wishes solely from the donations of companies and individuals.  To date, Make a Wish has granted 222,733 wishes!  A wish is granted every 38 minutes.  Faith's life and fight has made an indescribable impact on our lives as a family.  Hopefully her story will help the lives of other children in similar shoes.  For more information on the Make a Wish Foundation please visit:  www.wish.org 
 

 

WICT Greater Chicago was so moved by Faith's story that we decided to make a $100 donation to the Make a Wish foundation.

 

I hope you are inspired to find a way to continue to give back to our communities and be a catalyst for change.

 

"The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving."

 Albert Einstein

 

"Giving is a universal opportunity. Regardless of your age, profession, religion, income bracket, and background, you have the capacity to create change."

 

Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen - Philanthropist

 

 Jennifer Signature 

I am WICT!

Letter from Jennifer Holt, Greater Chicago Chapter President

  

July 2012

 

    

 

Did you know individuals, not corporations, are the largest contributors to philanthropic causes? "The reality is that four out of five or 80 percent of philanthropic dollars are contributed by individuals and bequests. That rises to 87 percent if you include family foundation giving." In 2010, Americans gave more than $290 billion to their favorite causes. Even further, research from the Corporation for National and Community Service shows a strong relationship between volunteering and health: those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer. Right now, Milwaukee ranks 8th out of 51 cities with a 32% volunteer rate and Chicago ranks 35th with a 25.1% volunteer rate, among U.S. cities.

 

I'm continually inspired and amazed by the generosity demonstrated by the members of the WICT Greater Chicago chapter.

 

  • December 2011 - More than 970 toys donated to Toys for Tots
  • December 2011 - $8,450 raised to support PAR
  • April 2012 - $5,000 donated to the Illinois Military Assistance Fund
  • June 2012 - More than 2,000 pairs of shoes donated to Soles4Souls
  • June 2012 - Board members participated in a mock career fair for CARA

 

Giving of our time, treasures, and talent is clearly important to this chapter. Recently, I met Amanda May, an employee of Comcast. She was kind enough to share with me her story and how she and her family became involved with the Make a Wish foundation. I'd like to share it with you now:

 

I Needed Faith!

 

Faith May  

 

Hi!  My name is Amanda May.  I am a dispatcher for Comcast's Greater Chicago Region (GCR).  I am a wife, but most of all, I am a Mom to three beautiful daughters:  Jada 8, Faith 7, and Jolie 5.  To know Faith is to be inspired.  She is what we call a "miracle."  At birth, she was flat lined for seven minutes.  At one month, she wasn't expected to live to be one year old.  At age one, she wasn't expected to live to age three.  Here we are, a few months after Faith's 7th birthday, and she is still going strong.  Faith loves life and isn't going down without a fight.  She is a fighter.  Faith has Cerebral Palsy; she is deaf, has an inoperable heart condition and is tube fed.  Faith is the size of an 8 month old, and has the motor skills of a 4 month old.  With all of her challenges she is still just one of the girls.  Faith has her own very strong personality.  Although Faith's situation is unfortunate and frankly sad, she has never allowed any of her disabilities to impact her.  She loves her daddy, and is very much a Daddy's Girl!  She is a girly girl.  She loves dresses and anything that sparkles.  She loves dolls, especially dolls with hair (so she can pull it).  Faith loves to "dance" along with her favorite TV characters.   She loves Mickey Mouse and Yo Gabba Gabba. She likes what she likes and lets you know very quickly what she dislikes.   Earlier this year our family was given the privilege to make a wish by the "Make a Wish Foundation".  The Make a Wish Foundation's sole purpose is to grant wishes for terminally ill children.  The children are granted anything they wish for without worrying about the financial impact on the family.  They are a Non-for-profit organization.  They are able to grant wishes solely from the donations of companies and individuals.  To date, Make a Wish has granted 222,733 wishes!  A wish is granted every 38 minutes.  Faith's life and fight has made an indescribable impact on our lives as a family.  Hopefully her story will help the lives of other children in similar shoes.  For more information on the Make a Wish Foundation please visit:  www.wish.org 
 

 

WICT Greater Chicago was so moved by Faith's story that we decided to make a $100 donation to the Make a Wish foundation.

 

I hope you are inspired to find a way to continue to give back to our communities and be a catalyst for change.

 

"The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving."

 Albert Einstein

 

"Giving is a universal opportunity. Regardless of your age, profession, religion, income bracket, and background, you have the capacity to create change."

 

Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen - Philanthropist

 

 Jennifer Signature 

I am WICT!

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