Our office was moved to tears yesterday when 14-year-old Amber Nelson stopped by with her mom and sister to make a very kind donation. Last year, she made a commitment to donate her birthday money to our organization in honor of her grandmother and stopped by on her birthday with her donation. This year, she made the same commitment and took it even further, hosting a bake sale, soliciting family and friends for donations, and saving her Christmas money. As a result of her efforts, she donated $200 to our organization to help people with cancer in our community.
We could not do what we do without our generous donors. And while we appreciate all of our donors, it truly moves us when a young woman like Amber makes such a sacrifice for the sake of others… focusing on giving rather than receiving. She is our hero. Thank you, Amber.
by Dianne May, president & CEO
An elder Cherokee chief took his grandchildren into the forest, sat them down and said to them, â€œA fight is going on inside me. This is a terrible fight and it is a fight between two wolves. One wolf is the wolf of fear, anger, arrogance and greed. The other wolf is the wolf of courage, kindness, humility and love.â€
The children were very quiet and listened to their grandfather with both of their ears. He then said to them, â€œThis same fight between the two wolves that is going on inside of me is going on inside of you, and inside every person.â€ They thought about it for a minute and then one child asked the chief, â€œGrandfather, which wolf will win the fight?â€ He replied quietly, â€œThe one you feed.â€
by Dianne May, president and CEO
I collect quotes. It sounds a little strange to say it that way, but it started quite a few years ago when I read something I didnâ€™t want to lose. Now I have a folder on my computer called â€œinspiration.â€ Some of the quotes are from famous historic figures and though I might have a name, I donâ€™t necessarily know anything about the individual. And a couple of quotes are even from fortune cookies!
I think what I like about keeping these quotes is that, for me, they illustrate ideas and values that I hold dear. Values like kindnessâ€¦â€œWhen I was young I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.â€ Abraham Heschel (1907-1972)
Fairnessâ€¦â€œThe only way to be just is to judge your own actions by the best part of you, and to judge the actions of others by the worst part of you.â€ Sydney J. Harris (1917-1986)
Self-disciplineâ€¦â€œI do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.â€ Mikhail Baryshnikov
Humilityâ€¦â€œIt is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.â€ Harry S. Truman (1884â€”1972)
Leadershipâ€¦ “If youâ€™re leading the herd, look back now and then to see if they are still there.” Cowboy wisdom
Happinessâ€¦ â€œIt is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation which bring happiness.â€ Thomas Jefferson (1743â€”1826)
What words or ideas inspire you?