There is a lot of time and money spent by non-profits like the Food Bank in the process of writing grants. There’s also a lot of competition, which requires non-profits to do their homework, use discretion, and make sure that the investment in a grant application is welcomed.
But once in a while, a grant comes along that is “out of the blue.” That happened earlier this year when the S.L. Gimbel Foundation reached out to San Luis Obispo County through our own Community Foundation. Frankly, I have no idea what the motivation was for them to reach beyond their normal designated recipient base to those on the “outside.” But I think it’s a wonderful reminder that as important as “taking care of our own” is, there is also the recognition that none of us lives in isolation. We cannot take care of our own, without also participating in the improvement of lives beyond our city, or county, state, or nation. It’s important to have that kind of selfless compassion in our lives, and in the end, it does serve us well. There is joy in giving to those we don’t feel we have to know – except that they are fellow human beings in need. And there is also joy in knowing that they will understand that people whom they don’t know remember and respond to their need. That gives great hope and encouragement.
So many thanks to the S.L. Gimbel Foundation Advisory Fund down in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties for touching the lives of thousands in need right here in San Luis Obispo County.