Philanthropy means goodwill to fellow members of the human race. The word calls to mind many things: wealthy men and women who start foundations to help communities around the globe; a requirement for membership to any number of social organizations; celebrities acting as ambassadors for their favorite causes. But does it make you think of your own community? Does it create in your mind a list of ways that you can help the people who live and work right here in northwest Pennsylvania with you?
At Marsha Marsh Real Estate Services, philanthropy is something we value because we value our community. Doing for and giving to others strengthens the community, and a strong community is one in which we all want to live and do business. As Marsha puts it, “We all make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
We are committed to using our talents and resources to give what we can in support of the Greater Erie community. We each have our own ways of giving. Some of us participate in ministries at church, while others serve on committees and boards devoted to helping area youth. Some of us are excellent fundraisers and event planners, and some of us make great coaches for youth sports.
We hope that you’ll join us in our continuous efforts to improve this community we love. It is important to keep in mind that philanthropy does not have to be grand or involve major drives or campaigns. It can take place right in your own neighborhood and doesn’t have to cost you a penny. Check in on you elderly neighbor, bring a meal to the hard-working single parent you know, or just keep on shoveling/snow-blowing down the sidewalk a few more houses. It can be something you do on your own or with a group. Give blood or host a blood drive. Sign up for that race you’ve always wanted to run, and consider doing some fundraising while you train.
Know that any gesture, small or large, will make someone’s day better and will likely be passed on. An act that feels like no big deal to you is actually a critical part of strengthening your community.