3 Questions With ... Roslyn Jones in Celebration of Black Philanthropy Month - WGC's Our Giving, Our Stories - 8/15
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, Roslyn Jones:
What moves you to give your time, talent and financial resources?
As a young child I witnessed the kindness of my mother. My mother had 8 little ones, and very limited resources but she always gave of what she had. Back then, it was common to have another family living with with us, even when we were struggling ourselves. As an adult, and looking back I find myself with the same spirit of giving whether its time, talent or other resources.
When did you start giving to issues that are important to you?
My nonprofit work began with assisting Pastor Rachell Gray with her community work. She is the inspiration for our non profit. Pastor Gray passed away of complications from breast cancer. I felt her community work was so important that I started the foundation in her name. Her goal was to start a 501c3, and with the tools and discussions we had, that's what I did.
What advice do you have for those interested in giving back?
There is so much work to do, even if it's volunteering when you have the time. Every little bit helps. You'll be surprised at the small things that will make someone smile.
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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