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.
Giving Tuesday this year is on November 29, and we’ve got some exciting news coming up!
When you grow up in a family of farming people, you learn at an early age that giving back is a way of life.
That is according to Joyce Soebbing, a long-term Starr donor who grew up in a family of people from the farmland in central Illinois, and is very familiar with seeing how farmers in the area help each other out in times of difficulty.
“Our family was brought up to help in any way we could,” she says. “We were raised to look around at what was happening in the community, and see if there was some way to help, either physically or financially.” Continue reading