HANDS ON APPROACH: INTERVIEW WITH PARTNER ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER, LISA LEWIS
I have been involved with many organizations throughout the years and I like to be actively involved. I helped out in the classroom and within the community but when I started in Real Estate, I felt that it was important to take it one step further, and by being on the board or within a committee I could help make greater change. I have been an Ambassador with the local of the Chamber of Commerce, I was a founding member of the Atascadero Women in Business, and the greeter with Rotary (which I was very good at :). I felt that being on the Partner Advisory Board would allow me to further be involved outside of just donating money. I take a hands-on approach on everything I do and I want to be fully vested into the cause. A portion of all of my real estate sales go right back into must! charities.
What do you like best about must! charities?
I like that must! is helping local non-profits and charities by going into that business, working with that business in identify the wants and needs of that businesses, solving problems and making that business a greater organization. must! does not just give money to the non-profits and walk away. must! donates their time, energy, and knowledge into that business and in turn the community truly benefits. I also love how some many local business are involved with must! and they always have little events to help raise money and spread the word.
How did you first hear about must! charities?
I have known Becky for years, we used to volunteer in our kids classroom and became friends. I ran into Becky one day and she told me what she was doing with must! and I jumped at the opportunity to help.
Has there been any project or collaborator that you’ve been especially enamored with or felt a special tug?
My grandfather started the Boys and Girls Club in La Habra many years ago and so it has always been close to my heart. I love must! helped turn this Boys and Girls Club into one of the best in California!
Were your parents philanthropic?
THE IMPACT OF POVERTY
Individual Quality of Life | Rise in crime, gang activity, lack of proper after school care, high school dropouts, teen pregnancies, and abuse.
Future Generations | Establishment of cycles as life issues escalate. Discrimination & social exclusion push children to aggressive behavior & less self-control.
Local Economy | Without healthy, self-reliant families to contribute to our community, we cannot grow and sustain the economy.
Our Culture | Crime & unemployment in impoverished neighborhoods often lead to chronic poverty.
must! charities is dedicated to improving quality of life in San Luis Obispo’s North County by offering hope, compassion, and resources to those in need. Instead of giving charitable “handouts,” must! charities walks alongside other local organizations to create long-term, sustainable transformation within the region.
Based on community needs, we work with existing non-profits in a variety of sectors, including education, healthcare, mentoring, employment coaching and more.
We make a greater, more focused impact through collaboration
We foster relationships through expertise, research, & other resources.
We empower nonprofits to make strategic, sustainable change.