By Colleen Mulholland
With the recent marking of National Volunteer Week, I’ve been thinking a lot about how giving comes in many shapes and forms.
So often, people who volunteer for their community are the unsung heroes. They give of their personal time, they donate money, and they give through many other means. In my humble opinion, whether you give through volunteer work, a gift of money, or simply by pitching in where needed, you are a philanthropist at heart.
Volunteers are local heroes like Christine Kempe, a former Burlington Community Foundation employee who has been volunteering with us for the past seven years. Christine has been an enthusiastic member of our Grants Committee – helping to make inspired matches between donors and meaningful local causes each year.
Another person who springs to mind is Keith Munro, a retired local businessman who volunteered as a board member for five years and recently created a memorial fund in his late wife’s memory. As a volunteer member of our Investment Committee, Keith continues to provide the Foundation with invaluable professional knowledge.
Also giving financially and of his time, there is Brian Weatherdon, a local professional advisor who in 2010, together with his wife Virginia, established an endowed fund focused on early and lifelong nutrition. Brian volunteers with us as an active member of our Growth and Development Committee.
On behalf of the Foundation, our grantees, our donors and fundholders, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Christine, Keith, Brian and all of our champions and supporters for their volunteer contributions to our great community.
The Foundation is celebrating National Volunteer Week by sharing inspired stories on burlingtonfoundation.org about Burlingtonians who are touching lives through their volunteer activities.
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Colleen Mulholland is Executive Director at Burlington Community Foundation. Follow her on Twitter @ColleenBCF.