This month’s volunteer spotlight is on Dave Beyers. Dave serves as the co-advisor to our Youth Advisory Committee (YAC). David is a Christian, father, husband, and parent in the Gaylord area. He loves kids and enjoys coaching and being a fun uncle to his nieces and nephews. If he is not smiling, then he must be sleeping.

“It has been amazing to have Dave on board as the co-advisor of the Youth Advisory Committee of the OCF where he shares his insight and experience. He is passionate about sharing philanthropy and grantmaking with the next generation of leaders as they strive to make an impact in our community.”

Karin Beyer, OCF YAC co-advisor

Here is what Dave had to say about his experience volunteering for the OCF:

What attracted you to become involved with the OCF?

Janice Lampert reached out to me because of my previous work with the Straits Area Youth Advisory Council. I had applied for so many grants through SAYAC that they finally said that I should probably start to give back. 😊

In your opinion, what is the most important work this organization does?

The fact that the funding is building year after year, while at the same time, the focus of awarding funds is based on current needs determined by surveys for the area. That impresses me.

What’s it like to volunteer for the OCF?

It is a well-organized community service organization, and you feel your time is valued and well-spent.

What do you hope the organization will achieve soon? In the long-term?

The continued purposeful impact on the community to serve those in need is what I expect and hope for the organization, both in the present and future.

Does anyone in your life play a role in supporting your involvement?

My wife is supportive of any path I look to pursue, and this involves work, family, service, faith, and fun.

What do you wish other people knew about OCF?

It is always a challenge to make the community aware of the resources within the area. OCF is a constant provider of assistance to a variety of needs in our area, and with more attention on that, I believe the giving would continue to increase because of the known impact of previous funding and support.

Do you have a message to share?

An investment in your community, whether it is time, service, talents or funding, will provide returns you can see for years to come.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering for the OCF?

Give it a try! It is amazing how much it helps your own mental health when you are doing something positive for your community.