Seattle Symphony Bass Answers One Call for AllThe life of a symphony musician is very busy. A regular week will often have three concerts, four rehearsals and a recording session. When you add in other gigs, driving to soccer practices, gymnastics and horseback riding lessons, walking the dog, cooking and practicing, there isn’t much time left in the day. In my world, my family comes first, my job comes second, and my personal pursuits come third.
When we started our family, my wife Brenda and I made an agreement that we would not take on outside responsibilities until the youngest of our three children made it to elementary school. When our son Mason, now 11, was in the 2nd grade, I figured I was ready to become more active in my community on Bainbridge Island. The question was, where should I put my energies: from the arts to education, social services to the environment, there was no shortage of non-profit organizations that needed volunteers. That’s when I got a call from a friend asking me to join the board of One Call for All (OCFA), a Bainbridge Island non-profit organization that, for more than fifty years, has raised money for more than 80 other non-profit agencies that serve our island community. At One Call I found the answer to my question; instead of choosing one organization for which to volunteer, I chose one that helped lots of organizations.
I started out by serving on the liaison committee, my job being to handle communications with OCFA’s 82 partner agencies. I’ve met scores of people committed to making our community a better place by maintaining parks, supporting farms, helping senior citizens and providing services for troubled teenagers. The passion of these volunteers is contagious. My involvement grew to maintaining our database and organizing our participation in the July 4th parade. Next year will be my 5th year on the board, and my 2nd year as president.
Each October a group of more than 100 volunteers stuffs more than 12,000 red envelopes which are mailed to every household and business on Bainbridge Island. Last year, One Call for All raised more than $1,000,000 from more than 1600 donors. Needless to say, I am very proud of this organization and the community in which I live.
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