My mother also made sure that I knew to support the community around me and give back to others. She also taught me the value of mentoring and working with people that may not have the same experiences and opportunities that I have had in life.
Name: Karon Phillips
Location: Washington, D.C.
Profession: Regional Older Adult Resident Services Manager & Adjunct Professor
Twitter Handle: @singlesistadish
What was the first gift you ever gave?:
It was a donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters. I served as a mentor for them in Tampa, Florida for 4 years.
What is your charity of choice?:
Currently, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I raised $3,446 for them last year and ran the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in honor of a close family friend that passed away from a rare blood cancer.
Who inspires you to give?:
I tend to have a personal connection to what I am raising funds.
My grandmother always fed the community and generally looked out for people. She definitely connected with people through food and would often send care packages. I have found myself doing the same things for others now. You can say my spirit for giving comes from her. My mother also made sure that I knew to support the community around me and give back to others. She also taught me the value of mentoring and working with people that may not have the same experiences and opportunities that I have had in life.
What motivates you to give?:
For me, giving is just something I like to do to be honest. One of the main motivating factors is knowing that the funds will support research to help discover a cure for a disease or support a program for youth or seniors.
What advice do you have for others to consider giving?:
Any and every donation matters. Whenever you are thinking about giving to a cause, remember that it is going to support someone and that someone could be you or someone you love one day.