3 Questions With ... Chaye C. Suber in Celebration of Black Philanthropy Month - WGC's Our Giving, Our Stories - 8/28
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 Chaye C. Suber:
What moves you to give your time, talent and financial resources?
My mother instilled in my family to give back and help those who are less fortunate. My mother was a single parent, experiencing her struggles and obstacles made me realize there are probably others who are in the same boat. Ever since I was a child, I have been giving back volunteering wanting to make the same impact I experienced. Some people have mental health issues because of their struggles why not share my knowledge and skills to help those.
When did you start giving to issues that are important to you?
In middle school, I volunteered on Thanksgiving at a homeless shelter. I served food and spoke to the mothers and families to let them know that this is a small setback for a bigger comeback. Also, I worked with organizations with voter registration and made the residents aware that even if they have a felony, they were able to still vote. They didn’t know that information. Brought a smile to my face. Having that dialogue and providing them with the resources so they can register to vote and other issues.
What advice do you have for those interested in giving back?
You never know how you can make an impact on a person whether it's by your actions or words of advice. Find a social issue you care about, always research the organizations you want to be a part of and verify they have the same interest and mission as you. Or find other people with the same interests. There are many ways to help a cause, by either donating or volunteering your time. Giving back should be a good feeling and not feel like it's work.
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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