3 Questions With ... Eleanor JoAnne Sellers in Celebration of Black Philanthropy Month - WGC's Our Giving, Our Stories - 8/31
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 Eleanor JoAnne Sellers:
What moves you to give your time, talent and financial resources?
It is my faith that drives me. I grew up in a family that instilled strong Christian values. My parents taught me that in order to experience true joy be of service to someone else. It is the Lord Christ you are serving, even through earthly tasks.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” - Colossians 3:23 (NIV)
When did you start giving to issues that are important to you?
I really began focusing on giving to issues that were important to me while I was in college as we supported underserved families with food gift baskets for Thanksgiving. As a retired educator, I am most passionate about community service activities that advance educational opportunities. I have expanded my volunteer service activities as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. It has also been rewarding to help raise funds to support students at Howard Community College while serving on the Silas Craft Collegians Scholarship Endowment & Program Fund Committee. I am also active with community service outreach events at my church. I will continue to volunteer and give my resources to causes that support education.
What advice do you have for those interested in giving back?
Find a volunteer role that makes you feel fulfilled and happy. It can be a fantastic way to relax, prioritize someone else’s needs and alleviate day- to -day pressures of work, school, or family. Have fun! Mahatma Gandhi said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Learn more about the WGC's "Our Giving, Our Stories!" Series celebrating Black Philanthropy Month every day in August 2022.
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