Companis Outreach Specialist, Cynthia Hunter, recently graduated from the Leadership Snohomish County Program, and was asked to speak at her 2022 graduation ceremony about why she gives back. Here is what she said:
First of all, it’s in my DNA. I grew up in a family where service to others was a value. Whether we were serving others in our home or serving in the community. Service in the community was often in the form of a church project.
Second, it’s fun! I love to meet people and it’s the best way I know to meet high-quality human beings: by being in service to others.
Third, I give back to give voice to the voiceless and to those who may not have access to people who are in a position to make a real difference in their situation. My adversities motivate my advocacy.
And this is what giving back looks like for me:
1. Give money. My dollars go where I cannot.
2. Give time. Whether for free or below market-rate, give time and talent, show up consistently, with a good attitude and be willing to do what it takes to get the job done.
3. Tell somebody. When I learn of a good thing, I just can’t keep it to myself. I want others to know about it so that they, too, can support a worthy cause or nonprofit.
4. Finally, accept every opportunity or invitation to be a leader; be a board member or even an officer – and then do the work that comes with the position.
Leadership Snohomish County offers unique leadership development programs specific to Snohomish County. Participants expand their leadership skills while gaining a greater commitment to community stewardship.
Congratulations to Cynthia and the LSC cohort!