During the past month, I had the privilege of being invited to speak to several individuals with foundations where their location for the winter is much warmer than what we have had to deal with. While the invitation was clearly an opportunity to present the work being done by Little Friends, in the short time I had to speak it was clear that the needs we address in Illinois are literally all over the world.
Based upon the expressions of the guests at the event, they understood that the needs for what we do in autism are everywhere.
While the audience understood the people and families we helped, they also understood the importance of philanthropy and giving back to support organizations whose work makes a difference for so many individuals and families. As I spoke, I was struck by the generosity and desire to make a difference if they were able to.
Sometimes when one gets to speak to a small group, you have the opportunity to “read the audience” as they react to your thoughts and words. While the event was an opportunity to present Little Friends, and people were very supportive, what seemed more important to me was to suggest that the real opportunity for those with interest is to find an organization whose work is meaningful and inspiring to you and choose to help them in whatever way you want to.
The fact of the matter is that every organization like ours needs additional support to ensure survival. Finding that organization that means something to you AND inspires you is what matters.
For those individuals that have been inspired to help and provide support to Little Friends, I would be remiss not to take this opportunity to say thank you for all that you do. For those who are inspired by the work of other organizations and provide them support, thank you for this, too. Your involvement matters and willingness to help others makes a difference.