Congratulations Ed Williams, President of the Loudoun First Responders Foundation for being a finalist in the Nonprofit Executive category!
What does community leadership mean to you/your business?
To me, entering a leadership role in the community means not only caring enough to stand up for what you believe, but also dedicating a part of yourself to taking action. As a volunteer, you are one person trying to better your community. As a leader, you become many working to make a difference.
Share with us who/what your inspiration is in making giving back to the community a priority?
The men and women in Law Enforcement and Fire & Rescue services are my direct inspiration to support our community. First Responders are prepared to give their lives without hesitation for our Loudoun County and this is their priority 24/7/365. Volunteering as the President of Loudoun First Responders Foundation allows me to ensure financial support is available for them in their time of need with the same urgency to help ease critical times in their lives.
What is your most proud moment in regards to community involvement?
In April 2017 I had the privilege of standing before the 32nd annual Loudoun County Valor Awards ceremony and shared that the Loudoun First Responders Foundation distributed over $25,500 in critical care, and another $5,000 in scholarship in 2016, which is more than every year before since the foundation started combined! This unprecedented accomplishment was a direct result of a change in strategy and LFRF volunteers’ dedication and drive to make a difference in the lives of those who serve Loudoun County. Supporting those who have worked so tirelessly to achieve the highest level of support in all of LFRF’s 14 Year history has been my proud moment to date. The fact that we have been able to continue to improve on all fronts makes that accomplishment even more defining. Since 2016 we have provided over $221,000 in direct support and scholarships.
How does giving back to the community affect your life?
Being able to help provide support to Loudoun County’s bravest in their time of need reminds me to slow down and appreciate the everyday blessings. Tragedy strikes without warning, but when a community stands together, no one has to face it alone.
What advice would you give to someone who is interested in getting more involved in their community?
My advice is to DO IT! Start by researching community organizations and activities that hold personal meaning or fascination. Take the time and research as much as possible and hone in on what moves you. The deeper and more personal your motivation, the greater impact you empower yourself to achieve. There is no wrong choice. We all have different areas of expertise and skillsets that every team can use. You should meet with several organizations until you find the one that suits you best. Loudoun County is full of opportunities and no commitment is too small.
What is a leadership tip or mantra to live by?
No one person can do everything, but a motivated and empowered team can do anything.
Thank you to Ed Williams for answering our questions! Congratulations to all of the Community Leadership Award finalists.