Every Good Cause has an even greater effect

Lending a hand. Raising a spirit. Motivating a child. Donating to a worthy cause. Giving back takes many forms.

In Jerry's case, as a multi-sport athlete in college, he understands the personal character that sports can build – the admirable attitude of teamwork and hard work, the dedication to pursuing goals and the exhilaration of achieving them. In his devotion to giving back to his community by spreading the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, Jerry has coached young people in more than 900 games in basketball, softball, baseball and soccer.

Along with the importance of physical fitness, Jerry also places an emphasis on the spiritual side of life. For over 10 years, Jerry has served as a children’s Sunday School volunteer at Stonebridge Church.

Jerry is also an avid animal lover. He works with a group of volunteers who daily feed homeless cats, many of which were victims of the Cedar Rapids flood of 2008. Jerry continues to work with several animal shelters to rescue stray and abandoned cats, have them spayed or neutered, and help find their forever home.

Ever since Monica, our Operations Manager, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, she has been active in support groups for others who've been diagnosed with cancer. She is team captain of the group she organized for the annual Especially For You® Race Against Breast Cancer, held in Cedar Rapids every October as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. She even has a pink tractor that she takes to parades and tractor rides to help spread awareness. Monica hopes the strength, determination and faith she portrayed throughout her diagnosis, surgeries and treatment will serve as encouragement to others.

Monica is a member of the Freedom Stitchers of Iowa and Quilts of Valor Foundation. She volunteers her time to make quilts that are presented to veterans of all services that have served our great Country. She is also a Blanketeer for Project Linus, a non-profit organization who provide homemade quilts and blankets to children in need.

And during the COVID-19 outbreak of 2020, Monica made and donated hundreds of masks and scrub caps for the two local hospitals and surrounding long-term care facilities.

We believe giving back is one of the biggest things one can do in life. And it remains one of the guiding principles of our firm and our lives. As part of our retirement income planning, we can help you create an estate plan and leave a legacy to the causes or charities you wish to help.

Raymond James is not affiliated with the organizations mentioned.

Be good to your work, your word, and your friend.
Ralph Waldo Emerson