I’ve been a Financial Advisor for over 25 years. So I am familiar with the expression “Time is Money” and how it’s applicable in life and savings. But it takes on a totally new meaning for me because it is also part of a great philanthropic benefit that my employer, RBC Wealth Management, offers to its employees.
My employer not only offers me the typical “Matching Gift” opportunity for my charitable donations to non-profits, but it also offers me an Employee Grant of $500 per year if I invest myself and my time volunteering with a charity. The requirement is simply to devote a set number of hours of volunteering with a qualified organization and viola, time becomes money.I have two pet charities due to my life altering circumstances that have touched me. The first is Living Beyond Breast Cancer www.lbbc.org an international organization that happens to be based here in Bala Cynwyd. LBBC was a lifeline for us when I was diagnosed, quite unexpectedly, at the young age of 34, with no family history, and almost 6 months pregnant with Bryan. Thankfully, with the help of a trusted family friend and oncologist, both Bryan and I were saved.
My other pet charity is The Arc Alliance, a national non-profit with numerous local chapters across the country, www.TheArcAlliance.org in honor of Lauren. Lauren was born literally gasping for breath with a fatal heart condition as a side effect of her Down Syndrome. The Arc Alliance serves individuals with all types of disabilities. Although there was much happiness for the 3 years that Lauren lived, the initial shock and the ensuing stress of medical mishaps that followed, wreaked havoc with my health.
I am convinced that my 5 years of unrelenting and heart breaking misfortunes weakened my immune system and allowed cancer to seize its opportunity to invade. Because of my past brushes with death and my present practice of yoga, I am mindful and grateful for each day. Ongoing, I am adamant about giving back to these two non-profits who helped me to successfully become a life champion.
In addition, as a result of a mystical prophecy that was made to me over 20 years ago, I have penned my memoir “Changed by Chance, My Journey of Triumph over Tragedy” that will be published September 15th. Stay tuned for more info as to when the book will be available.
To further paying it forward I have decided to offer to donate a percentage of book net profits back to these 2 charities.