We live PC, but why give PC? I remind myself often what a charmed life I live. I had the good fortune to happen upon Park City nearly two decades ago and discovered this amazing place tucked into the Wasatch Back.
Park City is a community of choice, meaning most of us live here because this is where we want to be. It's not a cheap or easy place to live, but we wouldn't live anywhere else. We are blessed with a beautiful natural setting and diverse group of residents that make Park City special. Local government and our resorts play a big role too, creating a healthy backbone for business and community. But not to be forgotten are the 85 nonprofits that do what business and government can't or won't. They are what make Park City great!
"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give." -- Winston Churchill.
In that short sentence, the salty prime minister spoke to the power of giving vs. getting. Regardless of your religion or beliefs, giving is an act of faith: faith in causes, faith in people, and faith in an ever-better future. When we give, it's an expression of hope and of our desire to improve something. On some level, each of us wants to make the world a better place. We may not have the skill, time, or knowledge to save the planet, eradicate disease, or champion better education, but there are organizations that do. Giving to them makes you a sort of venture capitalist -- someone investing in other people's efforts to make the world a better place.
Why do we give? We give because it's fun, it's collaborative, it's needed, and it makes us part of something bigger. Find a cause -- or two, or many -- that match your passions and invest in their efforts. For me it's the environment, trails and open space. For others it may be education, curing disease, helping those less fortunate, the arts, or something else. What matters is that you find a cause that you believe in, one that grabs your heart and devotion, and put your "VC" to good use. Stretch a little on November 16th, give more than usual, and experience the thrill.
There are two currencies in our world: money and time. I hope that you will give a little of both this year. Live PC, Give PC is a day to remind us of the worthy organizations that make our community better. Lend them a hand on November 16th and invest in those who make Park City great. If you are fortunate enough to live in Park City, you are lucky indeed. Share a little of your good fortune and help those organizations that dedicate themselves to making us and Park City better.
Andy Beerman is a local businessman and a member of the Park City Council.