Do you ever get the feeling you are in the right place at the right time or that something was just meant to be? Lately, I find myself truly believing that the answer will come to me as long as I listen and wait for it, whether I’m in a happy place, those hard, questionable times or just when I haven’t a clue what to do.

Prime example: I had been thinking for awhile about how to approach my next article for the Northwest Herald. Nothing seemed just right, until this past weekend. I was visiting Door County and stopped by a local pottery shop to browse. I was chatting with the potter at the counter and I noticed a thin, colorful book displayed on a shelf nearby: “The Sign Fairy” by Jill Harding.

“Have you seen the Good Thoughts sign just up the road?” the potter asked. I shook my head no. “Well, it is worth taking a drive up the way to look. The lady who wrote this book made a sign for her yard and every few days or so she hangs a new good thought for inspiration.”

Curious, I hopped in my car and meandered up the road to see just what my Good Thought for the day was going to be. My smile erupted the minute my eyes registered the words on the red, barn wood sign – “Be Generous”. I had waited and listened and here was my answer. What could be more fitting?

Generosity is vital when working in a nonprofit. United Way of Greater McHenry County ended its 2015-2016 campaign in June, astounded by the help and kindness of our local community throughout the past year.

As a new member of the team, I have been thrilled to see the list of those who are graciously contributing. Through corporate and private gifts, as well as employee contributions, the response has been heartwarming. This year, UWGMC championed 48 specific programs in the arena of health, independence and education for 27 local partner agencies. One in three local people benefited from these wonderful programs during this time; an astounding number that is telling in so many ways.

Article sourced from Northwest Herald.