Inspired by its mission and focus on the local community, I began volunteering on Women’s Fund committees years ago and recently completed two terms on the advisory board. At that time, I heard first-hand accounts from homeless young mothers who found shelter and a fresh start at House of Hope. And from Somali refugees whose voices and experiences were amplified by publishing a book. All made possible through Women’s Fund grants and the hard work of local nonprofits. I’ve also found that giving to the Women’s Fund has, in turn, given me so much. I was privileged to volunteer my time alongside dozens of talented, caring, and inspirational leaders on the board and committees–many of whom remain my friends and mentors. I’ve grown my network, honed my talents, and witnessed great improvements in the lives of women and girls in our community. The work is far from over, though. So as I continue to support the fund financially and by sharing their stories, I encourage my friends and family to do the same. Because all the mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts, and grandmothers in our community deserve to live safe, happy, fulfilling lives.
Laura Lear, Marketing Consultant and Account Coordinator at St. Norbert College.