3 Questions With ... Bertina L. Suber-Hanley in Celebration of Black Philanthropy Month - WGC's Our Giving, Our Stories - 8/25
WGC's 2022 "Our Giving, Our Stories" Series in Celebration of Black Philanthropy Month
The Women's Giving Circle of Howard County is proud to continue our support for Black Philanthropy Month (BPM), observed every August! The primary aims of BPM are informing, involving, inspiring and investing in Black philanthropic leadership to strengthen African-American and African-descent giving in all its forms, for the benefit of our planet, our communities, our organizations and our lives.
One way WGC is doing this is through WGC's "Our Giving, Our Stories!" daily profile Series each August. Each day this month we are sharing daily profiles of incredible women in our community who are giving in so many ways - in celebration of Black Philanthropy Month.
Today, we elevate the voice and story of philanthropist Bertina L. Suber-Hanley:
What moves you to give your time, talent and financial resources?
My mother and father were very active in our community, church, and on their own. As a kid, I had clubs in elementary school to make the neighborhood kids math Guru’s, sewing, and a book club. I continued volunteering while in college and as an adult. Always, a math tutor and physics as well as many organizations. Currently I volunteer for nine organizations. I also participate in marches and am a mentor to many.
When did you start giving to issues that are important to you?
I started when I was in elementary school. It was a given in my family. Giving time to a person or organization comes from the heart. A person who has no interest in giving can not be talked into it as a long-term plan. I have also raised my four children to give back to their community where they live. They too volunteer. It started with my ancestors on both sides of my family.
What advice do you have for those interested in giving back?
Advice would be to remember to take care of yourself. Often people realize you are a giver which equates to a yes person, taking time out for yourself every now and then is important. The many stories a person hears good or bad can be taxing on a person’s mental health. Often people need to decompress while you are assisting their child or an older person.
Where do you focus your time, talent, and treasure?
Learn more about the WGC's "Our Giving, Our Stories!" Series celebrating Black Philanthropy Month every day in August 2022.
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