Aug 31, 2016 10:11AM ● Published by Neighbors Magazines
by Scott Lebin
Geneva is a community where businesses, citizens, and many local charities create a dynamic spirit of helping those who are less fortunate or those who need a helping hand. These charitable efforts not only provide benefits to neighbors but also bring the community closer together as citizens work on the projects to which they are committed.
The richness of living in Geneva and the Fox Valley is that we all benefit from the charitable activities of our community. Anne Frank in the play, The Diary of Anne Frank says, “No one has ever become poor by giving.” It is this spirit of wanting to help others that adds to the prosperous quality of our community.
Warren Buffett, a person who has experienced wealth but keeps true to his core life values, said, “If you’re in the luckiest one per cent of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99 per cent.” I do believe he is trying to give direction to the very wealthy but would, none the less, also agree that all people should give help to those in need. It is this nature of being our brother’s keeper that connects us to each other no matter what our race, religion, or economic status.
Charitable help involves more than giving money. Giving time to an isolated senior citizen just to listen is a form of charity. Working at the hospital as a volunteer is another gift of time that can have tremendous impact to patients or families that need empathy at a particular moment in their lives.
Those that volunteer at the Northern Illinois Food Bank are also giving their valuable time to provide food for those in need. “It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving,” said Mother Teresa.
Yes, without our myriad of volunteers: the high school boosters, the Lions Club, the Rotary Club, the Kiwanis club, the Chamber of Commerce we would not have a community with a charitable nature. The many city volunteers creating and keeping flower beds to make our downtown look beautiful, promotes pride and demonstrates what we can accomplish and achieve together. It stands as a beacon of civic accomplishment. Without our charities we would lack what has become the real soul of the community.
I would like you to ponder the words of Sam Levenson, In One Era & Out the Other about what we leave our children and our community when we “Give to Others.”
“For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge you’ll never walk alone.
We leave you a tradition with a future.
The tender loving care of human beings will never become obsolete.
People even more than things have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed and redeemed and redeemed.
Never throw out anybody.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
Your ‘good old days’ are still ahead of you; may you have many of them.”
Scott Lebin is a Registered Representative and Investment Adviser Representative of and Investment Advisory Services offered through Signator Investors, Inc. Member FINRA, SIPC, and an SEC Registered Investment Adviser 20 S. Second Street, Geneva, IL 60134