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Why I Support Valley CDC
Guest Post By Felicity Hardee, Board PresidentFelicity Hardee Casual portrait

Now that Valley CDC has successfully completed the fifth annual Pedal Poker Run (many, many thanks to our sponsors and supporters who rode on a beautiful October day), I am reflecting more on why I support Valley CDC and the many other community development organizations I serve. There are so many reasons this work is important. Here are three things that really drive me to do as much as I can:

• The Need. We are so lucky to live in the most prosperous nation on earth and yet, all around us, others are struggling to get by. Particularly after the recession, many families find it hard to make ends meet. One can live in one of the most affluent zip codes in the country, and homelessness is out of control. Working mothers and fathers are having to choose between staying home with a sick child and going to work so they can pay their bills. That is just plain wrong. Every one of us has the obligation to do what we can to help.

• We Can Make A Difference in Our Own Backyard. Community development corporations work locally, right where the families are that need help. The funds we raise benefit families, senior citizens and small businesses where we are. That is so powerful; groups of us, working together for the common good or, in the case of Massachusetts, the CommonWealth.

• My Dad. When I was growing up, it was expected that everyone gave back to their communities. One of my favorite photos of my dad is him behind a desk, looking over some papers at the Community Music School in Brooklyn. He is just looking up as the photo is snapped and he is, at that moment, fully invested in doing the right thing for that nonprofit. “To those to whom much has been given, much is expected.” -John F. Kennedy.

So . . . get involved! Donate! And know that when you do, you are helping someone here, in your area, whose life will be changed by your support.

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