Our donors and volunteers make the community a better place for our children and families. In our new series, Why I Give, we will put the spotlight on some of the generous individuals helping to move our communities forward.
Dennis DeSimone | Supporter since the 1970s
When did you first get involved with Acenda?
I was fortunate to be introduced to Robins Nest in the late 1970s and have been involved ever since. I have been a donor for more than 20 years and am currently a board member of Acenda.
What attracted you to the Acenda mission?
I was attracted to the counseling programs available to help children and families in need.
What motivates you to stay involved? In your opinion, what is the most important work that Acenda does?
Acenda is a solid organization that provides needed services to the community. The programs and services bring stability and a means to a better life for those in need of help.
Why do you volunteer/donate?
I volunteer my time because the mission has a profound impact on the community. I was honored that my company, DeSimone Construction, received this year’s Unwavering Commitment Award at its annual Circle of Impact Awards. It means so much to all of us. I am especially proud of our support for Acenda’s Spirit of the Holidays Toy Drive. Thanks to the generosity of individuals in our community, we raised over $15,000 and donated hundreds of toys to the campaign last year. It amazes me how much support we received and I am so thankful to be a part of this initiative. It truly touched my heart.
What do you hope Acenda will achieve in the near future? In the long term?
My hope is that Acenda continues to develop and expand the programs to help everyone who may be in desperate need.
Do you have an anecdote about Acenda that really moved you?
The spirit and character of the Acenda organization is so unbelievable. You can feel the passion the team of Acenda professionals offer in servicing the lives and families touched by their support.
Why is being a donor so important to you?
Being a donor is important to me because Acenda is so important to me.
What would you tell to others interested in getting involved with Acenda?
Get involved. Your time and donations can truly change lives.