There are many ways to become a donor to an organization like Starr Commonwealth: you can volunteer your time, make monetary contributions, or create a planned gift to continue your contributions after you pass. Or, if you are Dr. Larraine Matusak, you can do all three.
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.
As a lifelong resident of Albion, Shane Williamson has grown up knowing about Starr Commonwealth. In 2014, he became the Director of Grants Management for Starr’s Advancement team, and began working with major foundations and individual donors to spread the news of Starr’s mission. “Working in Advancement was never part of my career plan,” Shane has said. “I didn’t grow up thinking; ‘I want to be a fundraiser’, but having found my career and home in this work, it calls me to do just as I ask so many to do in this field: To give. I feel good doing it each and every time.”