3 Questions With ... Dr. Angela Williams in Celebration of Black Philanthropy Month - WGC's Our Giving, Our Stories - 8/8
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, Dr. Angela L. Williams.
What moves you to give your time, talent and financial resources?
As a change agent and champion for underrepresented populations, extending my time, talent and financial resources in their enrichment, particularly women and children has been one of my soul's highest rewards. It rose out of my humble beginnings as a youth aging out of the foster care system. As Gandhiji stated, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Service is my humble opportunity to pay it forward.
When did you start giving to issues that are important to you?
While in high school, I had the fortune to participate in the Urban League of San Diego County Youth Leadership Program, and the YMCA which emphasized a passion for community volunteerism. As a young lady, striving to defeat doubt, uncertainty and fear; helping individuals became my catalyst for transformation of self and others. Collaborating on community service continued while in college as a member of the Student Government Association. And has since become one of my life’s missions.
What advice do you have for those interested in giving back?
With numerous ways to give back, it's important for one to find their niche, concentrate on the issues they truly care for and be strategic, thus making the most of contributions. Consider “giving back” also as an opportunity to learn and step outside of one’s normal comfort zones, which will positively impact perspective.
What efforts are particularly important to you?