Tag Archives: community involvement

Public Policy Advocacy

With politicians at all levels seemingly out of touch with many of us, it’s only natural to develop an attitude of “does it matter what I think?” Politicians are going to do what they like no matter what I think or say.

While this may have more truth today than was the case in the past, I would suggest that individuals and advocacy groups can still make a difference, and affect the direction of public policy.

I’ve been involved in a number of organizations or supported causes over the years that had a need for political engagement. I’ve testified at committee hearings in the state legislature and sat down with my United States Senator. In meeting and communicating with state legislators, members of congress or other political leaders I’ve noticed some common things: (more…)

Sharing Time and Talent

Well, here we are approaching the end of January, and hopefully you’re still on the right path to meeting any goals or sticking to any resolutions you made for the new year. This is also the time of year when people wonder how they can continue the celebration of giving, even after the excitement of the holidays has worn off. It’s easier than you may think! Giving is not always about the financial aspect. Yes, area charities need monetary donations, but sometimes they just need your time.

I recently served on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fond du Lac. While fundraising is important for this organization’s continued success, what I received through my involvement did not come with a price tag. (more…)