3 Questions With ... Trina Thames in Celebration of Black Philanthropy Month - WGC's Our Giving, Our Stories - 8/22
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, Trina Thames:
What moves you to give your time, talent and financial resources?
I believe the Lord wants us all to WIN in this journey we call life and I am passionate about helping others along their journey, especially our youth and women. Success isn't achieved alone. Everyone needs someone. Reaching back or to my side and grabbing someone's hand to encourage them along the way and show them the importance of paying it forward gives me complete joy.
When did you start giving to issues that are important to you?
I genuinely have the desire to serve. I have been serving in my community and the church community since I was in elementary school. It may be because I am the eldest of 5 siblings and it was instilled in me at a young age that no matter how little I may have, it is important to make sure that those around you have something too. I have two young adult daughters and in raising them I always volunteered in their schools and activities to show them it is important to contribute to your community so that you have a voice in making a difference ( neighborhood, school, church etc). Raising my girls ignited my passion to help our youth and our women, especially those of color. Not everyone has the same support system and I love helping to provide, direct and or teach about resources.
What advice do you have for those interested in giving back?
Even if you aren't able to contribute financially, know that your time, knowledge and expertise is just as valuable. Find a way to give back to what you are passionate about it. When you truly believe in the cause/issue you are giving back to, the more impactful the experience will be for you and those you are helping.
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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