Why I Volunteer for the Women’s Fund of Central New York

When I tell my family and friends that I volunteer, one of the first questions that I’m prompted with is, “you’re doing what and why?  Most individual’s give me an incredulous look coupled with a tone of sarcasm in their voices. You, “they’d ask” -- who work five days a week as the Director of Administration and 401(k) Plans for a wealth management firm?? You -- who act as the caregiver for senior aged parent’s one particularly who has been diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease? You– who spend 3-4 days at fitness center only to go home and explore the possibilities of your next home improvement project?” Why would you volunteer for the Women’s Fund of Central New York?

Volunteering for the Women’s Fund of Central New York has expanded my sense of community to a level that is immeasurable. To be a member of a band of women, who are attracted to a mission, that provides organizations with resources that support the betterment of women, motivates my willingness to grab an instrument and orchestrate solutions that support any woman who wants to meet or exceed her professional goals.

Volunteering for the Women’s Fund of Central New York, encourages me to cleave hold to women like myself who have similar interests and a passion for what they love and don’t mind sharing; it’s during our annual grants celebration when I’m prompted to take a quick glance into the eyes of any current or past governance council member or volunteer, as she listens intently to the words rendered by a grant recipient and that, “seal of approval” that is rendered by a smile or a handclap, is why I volunteer.  

To receive more than I can ever give while being a part of something that is bigger than myself, is made easy when I volunteer for the Women’s Fund of Central New York.

Barbara Manigault Spears

Women’s Fund of Central New York Governance Council Member

The Women's Fund of Central New York is a component fund of the Central New York Community Foundation.

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