This post is part of #GivingTuesday's #WomenWhoGive series, which celebrates women who are making a difference in their communities.
Reini is Member of the Board, Mill River Wetland Committee, the Programming Committee Chair, Fairfield Cares Community Coalition, and a volunteer at Fairfield Community (Assumption church, PTA).
What inspired you to start giving?
I was inspired to start giving as a young mother who wanted to model an example to her four young children. Seeing other strong community leaders offering so much of their time and talents showed me that I, too, could make a difference.
What does giving mean to you? Why do you continue to give your time, talents, money, or more to your community?
Giving to me means using my time, talents and resources to help make my community and the world at large a better place and to inspire the younger generation that civic engagement is a joyful activity that benefits not only the receiver but even more so the giver.
What would you tell others who are looking to start giving back? Share a piece of advice will help them get started.
Take inventory of what you really enjoy doing and what your passions are. Look for organizations in your community that match your philosophy and start small. As the saying goes "If you want to get something done, ask a busy person"; you will soon find that opportunities are boundless and your contributions will be immensely appreciated.
Please share a favorite moment or story from when you volunteered or donated to an organization.
One of my favorite moments occurred during volunteering as a study trip guide for Mill River Wetland Committee. The trips take place out-of-doors and are somewhat weather dependent. Instead of in the anticipated drizzle, our study trip took place in a downpour. The topic was the water cycle, and the task was to simulate and measure how rainwater infiltrates the ground and enters into the ground water system in a natural area with lots of 'absorbent' pervious ground and in a developed area with lots of 'non-absorbent' impervious ground. There was no need to simulate as the whole class and I were part of the experiment. To this day, many years later, the teacher and students still recall the study trip as one of their most memorable and fun class excursions, even though we all got soaked.