Philanthropy, Volunteerism, and Charity

Philanthropy, volunteerism, and charity are all about giving to others and lifting them up through a voluntary contribution of money, talents, and/or time.

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Philanthropy, Volunteerism, and Charity

Philanthropy, volunteerism, and charity are all about giving to others and lifting them up through a voluntary contribution of money, talents, and/or time. All three methods of giving to others are key factors in the development of communities and improvement of the lives of people in a donor’s home town or city, state, country, or even around the world. They are how people show compassion for others who are less fortunate than they are or those who have been impacted by negative events such as a natural disaster.

Individuals can make both charitable and philanthropic donations. Both types of giving can make a big difference in the lives of others. While the words “philanthropy” and “charity” are often used interchangeably, there are subtle differences. While they both involve giving money directly to people or to causes or non-profit organizations that help people, charity tends to be a “one-off” immediate response to a short-term need.

Philanthropy is more long-term and strategic and often involves making multiple gifts to help people over a number of years. While charity is focused on providing immediate relief to people, philanthropy is focused on helping people and solving their problems over the long-term.

Volunteerism is the practice of working for an organization (typically a non-profit social service agency or charitable organization) without receiving a paycheck. When people are volunteers, they willingly donate their time and talents to benefit other people (or organizations that serve other people). There is no financial reward, however, for the time that they spend as there would be if they were an employee of the organization that they volunteer for. The reward from volunteering is the feeling of satisfaction that comes with “giving back” to others and making a difference in their community.

Barnyard Buddies – Thursday October 5

It was an awesome experience to participate as a barnyard buddy today at the Waller County Fair! It was my first time and will not be my last! – Sandy Powell

I had the honor of joining 400+ volunteers today to escort 400 students with disabilities around the Waller County Fair. While we dodged the rain we were able to get in 60 minutes at the Carnival after lunch. The young lady I escorted was delightful and so engaged in the animals and games that were available. I was also impressed by the high school students who were Buddies as well. I have attached some pics but we were asked not to take pics of the children but I can assure you their smiling faces said it all. Had a blast. So glad the skies cleared long enough for the kids to get in a full hour at the Carnival. The young lady I escorted was a lot of fun to share the event. – Alan Stuckert

I had a really fun time w all you folks. Great pic Sandy, guess this was the calm before the storm…luckily I was able to avoid the spinning tea cups, Hurricane Swing & Roundabouts & other rides. (yikes, so soon after lunch is risky business) – Pete Eichelberger

It was a great event. I meant to take a group photo before we were moved to another table. Thanks, Sandy. – Gail Scruggs

It was such a rewarding experience and you come away with a great appreciation for the teachers, aids and parents that deal with the special need children on a daily basis. The Waller County committee that has been sponsoring this event since 2015 and the kids love it! This is a very worthwhile event for the NWCC to support. – John Raden

NWCC Donation to BSA Troop 73 for Supporting 2023 Katy Flatland Century

Our final donation to Boy Scouts for their help at NWCC’s 2024 KFC Ride was made last night by VP Amy Smith and Geoff Donnelly. Troop 73 manned three of the six rest stops for the ride and, by all accounts, did it very enthusiastically too. They were rewarded commensurately, and were very enthusiastic about that, too!

Well done, Troop 73!

NWCC Donation to BSA Troop 557

NWCC Donation to BSA Troop 557 for Supporting 2023 Katy Flatland Century

NWCC VP Amy Smith and President Geoff Donnelly had the pleasure of thanking the young people and their leaders of Scout Troop 557 for their running a rest stop at our KFC ride in July. The $1000 we are donating to them for their efforts will help sustain their activities for a considerable time and they were delighted to receive it!

Well done Troop 557!

NWCC Donation to BSA Troop 557

NWCC Donation to BSA Troop 567 for Supporting 2023 Katy Flatland Century

NWCC VP Amy Smith and President Geoff Donnelly had the pleasure of thanking the young people and their leaders of Scout Troop 567 for their running a rest stop at our KFC ride in July. The $1000 we are donating to them for their efforts will help sustain their activities for a considerable time.

Bravo Troop 567!

NWCC Donation to BSA Troop 567
Donation Presentation to Scout Troop 230 for Supporting 2023 Katy Flatland Century

Donation Presentation to Scout Troop 230 for Supporting 2023 Katy Flatland Century

NWCC VP Amy Smith presenting a $1000 donation from NWCC to Troop 230 for their support at Rest Stop #3 at this year’s KFC.

KFC Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations to Gyorgy F for this entry which won the KFC photo contest from all the photos submitted by riders who took part in the Katy Flatlands Century. Gyorgy has won himself a free ride in the 2024 KFC and free annual membership of NWCC. Well done!

2023 KFC Photo Contest Winner
NWCC Supports Waller ISD’s Annual Back to School Fair

NWCC Supports Waller ISD’s Annual Back to School Fair

NWCC’s President Geoff Donnelly and club members were present at HCC this morning when Adela Cornejo of Waller ISD received a check of $1000 from NWCC to support Waller ISD’s Annual Back to School Fair, which provides school supplies to children from low-income households.

About 1,000 students will receive backpacks full of pencils, notebooks, scissors, erasers, crayons and more from the sponsors of the Fair, which has a target of $10,000. The cost per student is approximately $10 and NWCC is delighted to help the local community’s young students.

NWCC VP Amy Smith presenting a $1000 donation from NWCC to Troop 73 for their Rest Stop support in the 2023 Blue Bonnet Express.

Donation Presentation to Scout Troop 73 for Supporting 2023 Bluebonnet Express

NWCC VP Amy Smith presenting a $1000 donation from NWCC to Troop 73 for their Rest Stop support in the 2023 Blue Bonnet Express.

NWCC Donation to Support Nike Palooza

Donation to Support Bike Palooza

Barbara LeBas Wu, Sabrina Strawn, Carl Grasshoff, Robert Patin and myself were delighted to present a check for $500 on behalf of NWCC to Christy Jones (also a club member), the Education Director of Mercer Botanic Gardens at the Bike Palooza this morning. The event was designed for young children and teenagers who are interested in cycling, with a mountain bike ride for teenagers and pre-teens, and a little skills course for the even younger kids. Our donation will help pay for next year’s palooza.

Donation Presentations to Scout Troops 219 and 469 for Supporting 2023 Bluebonnet Express

Troy Ottmer and Amy Smith presented donations form NWCC to Scout Troops 219 and 469 for their support during the 2023 BBX.

Donation presentation to Scout Troops for helping with the 2023 BBX
Donation presentation to Scout Troops for helping with the 2023 BBX
Presentation to Stephanie Esquivel for Essay on Cycling

Presentation to Stephanie Esquivel for Essay on Cycling

Geoff Donnelly and were delighted to present NWCC’s sponsorship award to Stephanie Esquivel of Waller High School at their Class of’23 celebration last night. Stephanie’s essay on why cyclists and motorists should share the road was adjudged to be the winner by the educators at the school. We’ll see if we can get it on our website.

Texas MS150 Club 300

The Texas MS150 was held April 29-30, 2023. The event is the biggest fundraising activity for the MS Society. If you are in the top 300 fundraisers you are made a member of “Club 300” and received special recognition.

One of the Club 300 recognitions is a personalized Porta-Potty at the following year’s event. Congratulations to the NWCC Club President and Club 300 member, Geoff Donnelly, for raising $6,059.00 for this important charity last year!

Texas MS150 Club 300 Porta Potty
Presentation to the Greater Houston Cycling Foundation
Presentation to the Greater Houston Cycling Foundation

Presentation to the Greater Houston Cycling Foundation

VP Amy, Treasurer Troy and I had the pleasure of presenting a cheque/check for $750 to Carl Jones and his gang at Alkek velodrome on Monday evening, April 10th.

This was unbudgeted money that had come to us after a kind cyclist donated the TT bike he was no longer using for us to sell. Member David Harman did a great job in selling it for an unexpected sum, enough for us to give this amount to Carl and his folks, and have some left over for another deserving cause close to our hearts (photo of that one coming later).

Geoff Donnelly

Presentation to Wendy Larsen for Ride Across the West

Presentation to Wendy Larsen for Race Across the West

At the NWCC Club Meeting on February 7, 2023, during which the 2023 Budget was rolled out to those in attendance, a presentation was made to member Wendy Larsen who is racing in the Race Across the West in June. The donation of $500 will help Wendy cover some of the costs for her support team. She is screening potential crew persons, with priority for a woman with ultra or cycling experience. Good luck, Wendy!

If you would like to support Wendy with a donation or with physical help, please let us know via the email president@nwcc.bike.

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