An Unexpected Path to a Fulfilling Commitment

Joel (far left) with friends at TFC Turns 20! our 20th Anniversary celebration last year

Joel (far left) with friends at TFC Turns 20! our 20th Anniversary celebration last year

Earlier this month, New York Life awarded The Family Center a $20,000 Community Impact Grant to provide young children, receiving our developmental assessments and interventions, with the psychological and psychiatric services of our pediatric mental health clinic.  We received this grant, thanks not only to our expert services, but also to the successful advocacy efforts of our Board member, Joel Field.  Joel was also gracious enough to draft the following guest blog post that relates the story of his surprising path to joining our Board of Directors.

Last summer, I met with leadership of The Family Center out of respect for a friend of mine who had referred me to the organization. I had not planned on joining the Board -until I attended this meeting. I was completely blown away by how well run the organization is, how passionately involved the employees, volunteers, and Board members are, and by just how substantial an impact on the lives of needy children this organization makes. I enthusiastically join the Board shortly thereafter.

The more I have become involved with The Family Center, the more excited I am about its mission and impact that it makes. As a result of my involvement, a number of individuals from my church have also volunteered their time and services, and The Family Center has begun partnering with New York Life in a number of ways so that their employees can also make a substantive difference in the lives of children.

I am thrilled about the possibilities ahead to significantly impact the quality of life and futures of the children The Family Center serves.

-Joel M. Field III, Family Center Board member

The Community Impact Grant program awards grants of up to $25,000 to local nonprofit organizations which are championed by New York Life agents and employees to serve the needs of their local communities.  More than 366 grants totaling more than $4.7 million have been awarded to nonprofits across the country since the program’s inception in 2008.

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