Not everyone living in Eden Prairie at the moment will put down roots here, support community organizations, and make EP their hometown.
Bruce and Terry Hutchins understand that, completely.
And yet, they hope folks will think about helping their neighbors in each and every stop along their life journey, no matter how short the stay.
“We all want to be living in a safe, secure, healthy community,” explains Bruce. “No matter where we are and how long we’re there, it’s something we should be thinking about. We all have a stake in our community.”
It’s part of what has motivated Bruce and Terry to become active in Eden Prairie, and to give back to Eden Prairie. Bruce has become involved in Rotary, and as a board member and chair of the Eden Prairie Community Foundation. Terry has been a board member for PROP. Together they have given to The PROP Shop and many other location organizations, and they distribute grants from a donor-advised fund at the Foundation.
Their childhoods were characterized by family participation in neighborhood and church activities – and Bruce’s mother volunteered at the local hospital. But their combined philanthropy has developed over time, nurtured through their stints with the YMCA organization and the relationships they’ve built in Eden Prairie and elsewhere.
Now, a lot of their giving and giving back is local in nature, built on personal connections and being able to witness firsthand the impact of their contributions.
Terry, for example, says she didn’t know much about the work of PROP until she became a volunteer there. “And then a whole world opened up to me as to what takes place in Eden Prairie,” she adds.
Getting to know the people who lead PROP and other local nonprofits, seeing how contributions are used, and realizing how neighbors’ lives can be changed – these are some of the benefits of giving back to organizations in Eden Prairie, agree Bruce and Terry.
Adds Bruce, “It can’t help but make you feel better.”
Would you like to know how you can give back to Eden Prairie? The Foundation’s executive director, Mark Weber, can offer some ideas. Contact Mark at [email protected] or (952) 949-8499.