My turn: Give Where You Live

As the director of your community foundation, I see daily the worth of our community giving on a daily basis. Together we enhance the experiences of education, we embrace the arts, we nurture our environment and we support myriad services and programs that benefit our older adults and our young adults. The entire spectrum of positive change we effect happens as a result of your awareness, your involvement and your generosity combined with our expertise in careful, directed grant making. Our impact, on the 180,000 souls that call El Dorado County home is significant and the key to that significance is you.

On May 6, we celebrate a unique day, a celebration of not just giving, but of knowledge as well and we’re calling it “Give Where You Live.” Give Where You Live is a message to each of us, from the organizations made up of the most incredible, dedicated people I have the honor to know and work with, our local nonprofits. Give Where You Live is a reminder for us all on how we can support what is being done right here in our own community for the benefit of us all.

A man told me once that is was not about what we take from the banquet of life that matters, it is what we bring to the table that counts. He explained that true empowerment does not come from our ability to take, but in our capacity to give. That man, my father, knew a lot about the power of giving, and spent his life teaching that to us, his family, as well as all those he came in contact with.

Here in El Dorado County, we do not live our lives with filters on. When we see need, we do not pretend it does not exist, we respond. We do not ignore what needs to be done; we pick up the shovel and start digging. We do not look around for someone else to take up the slack in the rope; we grab a hold of it and start pulling. It is who we are — people who care about this place we call home. Home is not a freeway offramp or a mall to us; it is not just a place we park our cars, it is a place we invest ourselves in. It is the faces of our neighbors and our children. It is here we live — El Dorado Hills, Georgetown, South Lake Tahoe and Somerset, Cameron Park, Shingle Springs and Cool. Here is where we live and it is here that we can see the tangible results of what we give.

On May 6, we will rock this community in the largest single day of giving ever. It does not matter how you give, what you give, or who you give to. Just reach out, learn more and give. Visit us at on May 6 and Give Where You Live.

Bill Roby is the executive director of the El Dorado Community Foundation.

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