The Impact of Giving Together
Monday, March 9, 2020
Bellevue LifeSpring was founded over a century ago by a pioneering group of neighbors who joined forces for the good of their community. Fast forward to 2020 and the heartbeat of Bellevue LifeSpring is still comprised of passionate local residents continuing this tradition through membership circles.
Bellevue LifeSpring membership circles bring a fun, social aspect to philanthropy. Some organize themselves within neighborhoods and others through friendships and a common interest to give back to their community. Currently, there are over 250 Bellevue LifeSpring circle members.
Why Join a Circle?
Bellevue LifeSpring circle groups are a collective form of philanthropy, which allows for a collective impact for Bellevue kids. The benefits of joining a circle are immense, with members often gaining as much as they give.
Being a circle member opens a deeper connection to your community and provides opportunities for building meaningful relationships. Marilyn Herzberg, a member of Hunts Point Circle, shared what being a member means for her: “I feel so very fortunate to be living in our beautiful community. It’s natural to want to give back, to enhance our community, and to help those that need a helping hand. Our Hunts Point Circle has members of all ages – from their 20s on up to their 90s and every age in between. I feel a real sense of community there, where we know, love, support and encourage each other.”
“Bellevue LifeSpring membership circles allow individuals to effectively give where they live, creating a circle of giving where the impact is felt by all Bellevue residents, present and future,” commented Executive Director Jennifer Fischer.
The participants in our programs attend school in Bellevue and grow to start careers and families of their own in Bellevue. “When all community members have the chance to thrive, there is a collective benefit of growth and success for the Bellevue community as a whole,” Fischer added.
The Power of a Circle
From hosting fundraisers to volunteering their time, circle members give back in a multitude of ways and are vital ambassadors for Bellevue kids. Last year, circle members generously raised nearly $60,000 to invest in support of Bellevue LifeSpring programs.
This past February, the Bellevue LifeSpring One Circle hosted their first annual One Heart One Community fundraiser, bringing together community members and leaders. The event was a huge success and a testament to the power of membership circles, raising nearly $30,000 for Bellevue kids.
The dedicated women and men of the Bellevue LifeSpring circles are at the core of the organization. They devote time, energy and resources to ensure kids in Bellevue have every opportunity to graduate high school on time and reach their fullest potentials.
Get Involved and Join a Circle!
Are you interested in investing in the good of your community alongside your neighbors? Consider joining one of our circles or even starting a new one! Current Bellevue LifeSpring circle groups include:
- Clemmie Evans Circle
- Enatai Circle
- Fairweather Circle
- Hunts Point Circle
- Kemper Freeman Circle
- One Circle
- Yarrow Point Circle
- Youth Council
As a member of Bellevue LifeSpring, you become part of a large network of friends who truly make a difference in the everyday lives of thousands of children in your community. It’s also a public statement that you stand for a stronger community and that you take action to back up your values by supporting a group of like-minded neighbors to make an impact locally.
Learn more about becoming a circle member today!