Meet Wendy Miller

“When our daughter heard about the Diller Program run by The Associated’s Jewish Volunteer Connection, she kept saying, ‘I have to do this! I have to do this!’” says Wendy Miller.

Wendy has always approached her involvement in The Associated system the same way – singing to seniors at Levindale, serving as an active Campaign Cabinet Member, and in her favorite role as Chapter Two Chair, an education and engagement program for empty nester women. “I always say it was my most rewarding volunteer position because it gave me the platform to share The Associated and Women’s Philanthropy with other women and to engage them in the system and truly find their passion and turn it into action.”

Wendy had what she calls her “aha!” moment in Women’s Philanthropy at an Associated Women’s event early in her involvement. “Linda Hurwitz, now Associated Community Planning and Allocations Chair, had invited me to a Pomegranate Society Event. I wasn’t even a Pomegranate donor yet. I was so touched and impressed by the warmth, the energy and passion in the room. I can see the room, the speakers, I can tell you who the co-chairs were. It was an inspiring event!”

Wendy’s husband Jeffrey’s commitment was sparked on The Associated’s Chairmen’s Mission, one of many Associated expeditions the Millers participated in individually and as a family. In fact, their most memorable family philanthropy experience came in an unlikely place, a Baltic cruise with a stop in Latvia. “It is our hope that our children live passionate philanthropic lives and that those around us know of our passion for The Associated. When we took our children on The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee visit arranged by the Israel and Overseas Associated team, it gave us a family experience we’ll never forget. It was an overwhelming emotional visit, that touched our children like no trip ever will, from the site visit to the JCC to the intimate visit to a young family in dire need – we were all changed.”

Wendy hopes that her family and friends can tap into the opportunities available through The Associated. Whether it’s here in our unique Jewish Baltimore community, or abroad in unchartered communities, she sees and feels the impact and value of their giving: “As long as we can, we will continue to give time and resources to this amazing organization and the great community it serves.”

 

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