Well, here we are approaching the end of January, and hopefully you’re still on the right path to meeting any goals or sticking to any resolutions you made for the new year. This is also the time of year when people wonder how they can continue the celebration of giving, even after the excitement of the holidays has worn off. It’s easier than you may think! Giving is not always about the financial aspect. Yes, area charities need monetary donations, but sometimes they just need your time.

I recently served on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fond du Lac. While fundraising is important for this organization’s continued success, what I received through my involvement did not come with a price tag. Big Brothers Big Sisters is based on mentoring children from our communities. Sometimes children just need to know that someone cares about them and is willing to spend quality time with them. They are not looking for a gift. They are looking for an adult friend to help point them in the right direction in life. My son has taught teenagers in high school “at risk” programs and shared stories with me based on his experiences with the students. Maybe, just maybe, if that child had someone to point them in the right direction earlier in life, they would not have been in some of these difficult situations. Big Brothers Big Sisters often receives letters from adults who were part of the program as children, thankful for the positive impact the organization had on their young lives.

Maybe you would be interested in helping young adults who are preparing to leave high school and attend college. I am a board member of the Leadership Fond du Lac Alumni Group. Our primary goal is to raise enough money each year to send at least one young adult through the youth leadership class. The class meets one day per month throughout the school year and covers topics ranging from government to health care to manufacturing in our local communities. What an excellent way to prepare them for their future!

Whatever your passion, the main thing is that you follow it! Society Insurance has formed a charitable committee that supports employees who do charitable work and also offers a company match for employees who participate in charitable giving. Society’s Best top 25 agencies are also eligible for the agency charitable grant program.

I cannot think of a better way to give of your time and talent than to support the communities we live in!

Are you involved in any great charities? Let us know by posting on our facebook page.

-Kathy Livieri