Leaders are called to serve. But I should add what I know from experience: the call to serve is not always loud enough to hear -at least, at first. I’m hoping my story will turn up the volume for you.
I began volunteering with The Family Center by helping vulnerable NYC children decorate cookies and make crafts once a year at the agency’s Annual Holiday Party. After volunteering at this event for a few years, Family Center staff approached me about serving on the Leadership Council.
Only a short time after joining this group of local professionals dedicated to vulnerable NYC families, I was approached again -this time, to serve as Secretary of the Leadership Council. I was not sure if I had time, if it was the ‘right fit,’ etc. Yet The Family Center kept calling. After serving as Secretary , I became Leadership Council Co-Chair.
My amazing colleagues at Credit Suisse have been gracious enough to answer my call to serve. A current Co-Chair of Leadership Council, Alexandra Lloyd, as well as the group’s Secretary, Jamie O’Sullivan, came to The Family Center at my urging. The Family Center Santa, Anthony O’Callaghan, also works with me at Credit Suisse (when the North Pole is in its off-season). You see, the call to serve radiates out. Once you have the great experience of volunteering at The Family Center, you will call on others too.
I am lucky to work at a company so incredibly supportive of volunteerism. My generous colleagues magnify this giving and its impact. Together, we work with The Family Center to keep vulnerable NYC families stronger, longer.
My question for you, future leader, is this: When will you answer The Family Center’s call to serve?
Vice Chair of The Family Center Board of Directors
P.S. Answer The Family Center’s call to serve by joining us for the Leadership Council social on February 20th at 7pm. Click here for more information.
Happy 2013 from The Family Center!
This year will be a big one for our agency as we open a mental health clinic for children and youth struggling with mental illness in Bedford-Stuyvesant and the surrounding Central Brooklyn neighborhoods. Through this clinic’s programming –and with your support– The Family Center will serve 250 more vulnerable NYC families every year with our expert social, legal and health-care coordination services.
As we work to crunch last year’s numbers, we look forward to sharing The Family Center’s 2012 successes with you soon. Stay tuned for those.
In the meantime, the WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Thanks again for your amazing support of our work keeping families stronger, longer. All the best to you and yours in this New Year.
-Ivy Gamble Cobb, Executive Director
Here’s an excerpt from Family Is Our Middle Name‘s 2012 report:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,800 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 5 years to get that many views.