New Philanthropy Director Shares Insights on Deerfield

It’s beautiful knowing you are exactly where you belong. From the moment I set foot in the Community Center at Deerfield I sensed a spirit of warmth and generosity. That spirit followed me up the stairs to my new office and continues to greet me each morning when I arrive on campus.

As the new Director of Philanthropy, I enjoy quality unhurried time with residents, getting to know each one and understanding what’s most important to them. I learn of their careers, families, travels, and their transitions to community living. I glean wisdom from their life experience and often leave our times together feeling more hopeful and encouraged then when I arrived. There is no heavy agenda. I don’t show up to lunch with a pledge card. It’s the beginning of a relationship built on growing trust and respect.

With such a broad scope I’m able to help organize volunteers for a Habitat for Humanity build; work with residents on the United Way’s “Back to School Supply Drive;” help plan Deerfield’s Legacy Society dinner in October and our Thanksgiving meal for Meals on Wheels. I’m given the opportunity to assist residents as they explore their values and passions, making decisions about how and where to give their time and leave their legacies. It is an honor and a privilege to do this work and I look forward to meeting you next time you stop for a visit!

Michelle Wooley
Director of Philanthropy