At Starr, our employees believe in the work that we do for children, families and communities. That’s why so many of our staff members choose to give back to our organization, either through annual gifts, sponsoring events, or payroll deduction. Brandy Jurdzy, our current Grant Writer and future Research Analyst here at Starr, is no exception.
As you may have heard, Giving Tuesday is once again approaching! This national day of giving takes place after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and is your chance to show the organizations that mean the most to you how you feel about them.
This year, we have a generous benefactor, George Franklin, who is challenging fellow supporters to double their impact – for the first $5,000 given to Starr on November 28, he will match it!
Stan Allen, a Technical Project Manager in Technology Infrastructure at Wells Fargo, was recently named a 2017 Volunteer Service Award winner. To the students on our Albion campus, though, he’s known simply as “Mr. Wells Fargo,” as referenced in numerous thank you notes received from staff and students. Stan and his wife, Patricia, have supported our organization for many years, and Stan currently serves as a member of our Board of Trustees and the president of our Alumni Association.
Erick Stewart has a long history with Starr Commonwealth. The Stewart family has supported Starr for over 25 years, beginning with his mother, Clara Stewart, serving on our Board of Trustees. “My mother’s enthusiasm and direction was rooted in our family’s deep commitment to youth, education, and vulnerable population support,” says Stewart. “My parents believe that all children, regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic status have the right to be loved and supported in life.”
Patricia Schaefer has been giving to Starr Commonwealth for so many years even she does not remember the catalyst behind it. “I don’t even remember – it could have been a presentation or a mailing – I’ve just plain forgotten how it all started!” she said on a recent visit.