I know two different people named Rick Roberts here in the valley (there may be more). The Ricks I know have some things in common. They devote a lot of time and energy to good causes and to serving their community, church and alma maters.
I was talking to the Rick who lives in Venice the other day. He’s the President of the Richfield High School Booster Club. We spoke of ways to enlist support from area contributors for various school functions, teams and projects. I was impressed with the breadth of the booster club’s support for student endeavors.
At my request, he shared a list of those who contribute on a regular basis. My purpose was to simply call and thank each one for being community-minded and for helping with the various needs identified by leaders like Rick.
I noticed immediately that these sponsors are the same ones who step up and help with all kinds of things in our communities, large and small. Things like the Veterans Memorial, youth sports, and the smaller contributions they give almost daily to groups and organizations with projects that bless lives and keep the wheels of progress turning.
I appreciate these generous businesses, institutions and individuals. They don’t seek praise for what they do, but I believe that they need to be thanked and recognized. When you see these names associated with positive things in our community, take a minute to thank them for what they do. Let them know it is recognized and appreciated.
The act of giving blesses both the giver and the receiver. Make giving part of your life. Whether it’s time, or money, or both; there’s no shortage of worthwhile causes in our area.
Mayor David Ogden