I have always liked the phrase “Put your money where your mouth is.” In the five years I have been part of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, there are numerous times I have been part of how we should spend money. Several times I have contributed to written reports, epistles, or letters asking to keep staff support for Young Adult Friends. It felt strange to be part of these conversations if I was not invested in it personally and so I have started a recurring contribution to PYM so that a portion of each paycheck will be given. Even if you can only give a dollar, you have thrown your money in the pot. It changes your frame of mind to give by increasing your commitment to your community because you want to see how that dollar will be used. For young adults who may not be tied to a particular area and therefore be part of a monthly meeting on a regular basis, giving to PYM is one way to stay connected.
I am also a believer in the power of invitation. I tend to put off questions of money–How much should I give? When? I’ll decide when I get paid this Friday. Or I can give when I get that raise. Then I forget about it. When someone asks me to give though, I tend to respond. This year at PYM Annual Sessions, I was inspired by the Thanking Asking Giving campaign. So this is me asking, will you give to PYM? This is our yearly meeting, so let’s be thankful to each other, let’s ask each other to participate, and let’s give freely to each other.
– Elizabeth Martin, Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting
Young Adult Friends have a goal of 50 young adults donating to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting by the end of 2015 – a 150% increase. Can you help us reach that goal?
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