by Alessandra Cavalluzzi

The holiday season is upon us. It’s a time of giving, and so naturally our awareness of non-profits and those in need is heightened during this time of the year. Holidays help shine a light on the many people who are in need of assistance, but it’s important to remember that our non-profits work tirelessly throughout the year to enrich the quality of life for so many in the communities where we live and work.   They accomplish amazing things but are very humble about it.  These organizations “fly under the radar” most of the time with virtually no recognition for their effort. 

Today’s blog post is dedicated to honoring all of the men and women (past and present) who work and volunteer as staff in the non-profit world.   These unsung heroes are champions for the greater good.   Or perhaps it’s more fitting to call them stars.  I say that not for the obvious reason, which is that they are top-notch at what they do; but because the star has a deeper symbolism for me.    

I think of a star as a symbol of hope.  When we see a bright star twinkling in the night sky our first thought is to make a wish.  We wish for something that is important to us, and we hope that our wish comes true.  I also associate stars with guidance.  For centuries, captains of vessels looked to the stars to help navigate their ships through uncharted waters.  They used the North Star to guide them safely to their destination.  Finally, I think of stars in terms of stability.  When we see that a business or establishment receives a five star rating we feel confident doing business with them because those stars indicate that they are dependable.  We know that we will be treated well and we’ll receive excellent service.

Hope.  Guidance.  Stability.  Excellent service.  All of these things are what our non-profits provide to the people and communities they serve every day.  So while they are champions, it is fitting that they should also be called stars. 

A heartfelt “thank you” to all of the non-profit organizations helping to make our communities a better place to live.  We are grateful for your commitment to creating impactful and lasting change in the global community.