Committing personal time, energy and resources to any nonprofit organization is one of the more rewarding activities I can think of undertaking. It starts with a spirit of volunteerism and a desire to help and give back to the community, in which we work and live. Choosing one, from the many number of worthwhile and important organizations, is all about having a passion for the cause and connecting with its mission. Judging from my own experience and the efforts that we demonstrate through the First County Bank Foundation there are a number of truly deserving organizations to choose from in our community.
My wife, Cheryl, who is a board member of this organization, and I are chairing a fundraising dinner for Laurel House on May 4th. We are pleased and honored to be able to volunteer our time and effort to this truly worthwhile agency. For those of you who may not be familiar, Laurel House provides Resources to Recover, a robust array of integrated services and expertise to people with mental illness and their families across numerous communities in Connecticut.
The emphasis at Laurel House is on recovery – a tenet that Cheryl and I strongly support. You can certainly have some fun along the way. The Laurel House event is themed around Kentucky Derby Day, complete with ladies hats, jockey silks and a few Mint Juleps thrown in for good measure.
The team at First County Bank has committed untold hours, energy and money to support local nonprofit agencies. It’s certainly part of our DNA as a community bank and often times the causes that these nonprofits support become personal to our employees as they believe in the mission and embrace the organization. That’s when for many of us, it’s the perfect match.
I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of my team at First County Bank and to each of you who have also taken the time, energy and personal resources to volunteer for a nonprofit organization. The nonprofit community more than survives through our volunteer efforts – it truly helps them to thrive, providing much needed services throughout our community.