Many of LCFS' donors have been supporting the agency for more than three decades. Marty Staehlin and his wife Rebecca are "newbies" officially joining our army of angels in 2013.
"I'd been aware of LCFS for a long time through church. And during Christmas, I would donate gifts to foster children in LCFS' care," Marty remembered. "But it really was a friend who served on the board that encouraged me to get more deeply involved."
Since then, Marty's passion has taken off. Now retired from healthcare consulting, he dedicates his volunteer hours to serving at his church and on the LCFS board where he is active in advocacy, fundraising, and governance - tirelessly bringing new ideas and connections to impact the children and families served.
Blessed by the financial resources that he has been given to take care of his own family, Marty feels grateful that organizations like LCFS exist to help others who may not have as much.
"Jeremiah 29:11 says God has plans for each of us," Marty quoted. "My son had tremendous difficulty and struggled in the public school system. Labeled a "problem kid," he was treated in a way that didn't support his academic or social growth. Because of our resources, we were able to get him the treatment and care he needed so that he could move forward in life. I devote my time to LCFS because they inspire hope for so many who face challenges on the road to finding their place in life regardless of their ability to pay," said Marty. "In order to reach their potential, kids need someone to care and programs that can assist in helping them to get on the right path."
Marty's son is now leading a fulfilling life. He's been married fourteen years and has his own son and daughter. He attributes his social, emotional and spiritual well-being to his experience at the outdoor educational therapeutic center his parents found as an alternative to traditional schooling. Those lessons have allowed him to be successful in life.
In addition to volunteering, Marty busies himself looking after one of his grandsons. "I plan to be around for another 30 years, continuing to help in roles at LCFS where I can have an impact," said Marty. "Recently, we decided to leave a gift in our will to support LCFS because it has been so important in our lives and so many people's lives around the state. There's a great need to care for children in Illinois. I feel good knowing that LCFS adapts and makes the tough choices to keep up with the challenges faced by families and our state."
Whether you've been supporting us for more than three decades or less than one, you can leave a lasting legacy that will have an impact on children and families for years to come by leaving a gift to LCFS in your will. CLICK HERE to find out more or contact Marylyn Rodgers at 708-488-5557 or firstname.lastname@example.org.