What are three words you would use to describe Charity Crossing?
Major John Treadwell: “Outstanding, selfless, and humbled.”
Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long: “I think the title Charity Crossing starts with charity, hope, and faith. I find those things inspiring, such as faith in humanity and finding good health and environment and charity, volunteerism, and giving. And hope. You, as volunteers, give our community, whether a frail elder or a young child or when you brought food to Legislative Hall and goods to ship to Ukraine, that was hope. So faith, hope, and charity.”
How would you say Charity Crossing has impacted Delaware communities?
Councilman David Tacket: “Charity Crossing has filled an itch that has been a huge void in our state, as well as our community, for a very long time. And the way they can administer their services to our community, and they reach down to the ones that need it the most, and they’re there faithfully every week.”
The passion and dedication of all of the volunteers are so heartfelt and warming, and to be able to play the small little part in helping a segment of our population that needs this the most weighs heavy on my heart; this is a true dedication to what serving and volunteerism is all about and when you look that up in the dictionary, there’s a picture of Charity Crossing! Thank You.
State Senator Stephanie Hansen: “I think they brought hope to many people who have often felt hopeless and that otherwise would have been very much left behind and on their own. Particularly during the last few years of COVID, but in general.”
When it comes to leadership and teamwork, what are the best qualities to have?
State Representative Sherry Dorsey Walker: “To be a great leader, and teamwork, it takes understanding. It takes a willingness to work with others and it takes a desire to want to serve other people and to make a difference in the lives of individuals with whom we come in contact.”
State Representative Michael Smith: “When it comes to leadership and leadership qualities, I think the best thing you can do is lead from the top and lead from the bottom. But you never do anything you’re not willing to do yourself, never ask someone to do something you’re not willing to do yourself, give it all your effort, have a great attitude, and make sure that no matter what, you’re there to support and help people. At the end of the day, if you’re not doing something for others, you’re not making an impact at all.”
What advice do you have for future generations of volunteers?
Barclays Bank Chief Information Officer Anand Dhelia: “I think the advice I would give is to focus on the act of giving, as opposed to making it part of a checklist to see that I have to serve so many hours. I think if you truly give for the sake of giving, I think it will benefit you much more in the long run.”
Major John Treadwell: “Help. Help, be willing to pitch in, right? So unfortunately, technology, as much as it’s helped us, it’s hurt us. We see kids all the time and people rag, “Oh, they’re two, and they can operate an iPhone.” We all can give in some shape, form, or fashion, which is what’s so great about Charity Crossing. They start a culture of giving from the very young, all the way up to the most seasoned citizens in a community. That’s what we need, so I advise young people to get involved and be a part of it. The world, the nation’s future, it’s in your hands. We can do, you guys can do, whatever it is that you want to do. We need you to be involved, be engaged.”
Thank you to all of the above dignitaries for taking the time to conduct the interview! The full interview transcripts will be available by the end of April 2023.