Giving of Themselves

Bob and Anne Simmons

Bob and Anne Simmons believe education opens doors and provides opportunities. Perhaps Socrates said it best: “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” Giving an education to another may be the most valuable gift of all. It’s a gift that keeps on giving.

Bob and Anne Simmons support the mission of United Ministries with generous gifts annually. They have made a legacy gift in Bob’s estate plan to expand their support in the future. “United Ministries serves people who have not had the privilege to finish high school,” shared Bob. “A good education helps you attain a better life in so many ways. It’s just the beginning.”

Bob and Anne look back to their parents as ones who modeled giving and service in their daily lives. Bob’s father was a physician who provided medical skills to the local Boy Scouts. His mother volunteered at Shriners Hospital for Children, and they supported many charities financially. Anne’s “loving family” was active in the church and their community. “We knew where our priorities were,” said Anne.

Bob and Anne are active in their church. From pricing items for an annual yard sale, to planting trees and flowers on church grounds, to staffing the library, the couple devotes both time and energy to support the church’s work. Appreciating the benefits of education at any age, they love to travel and have visited the Holy Land numerous times. “Each trip we learn something new,” said Anne. “Travel is an education in itself—it keeps you young,” added Bob.

With Bob and Anne’s philanthropy, opportunities are provided, doors are opened, and flames are kindled for those who need it most. In this case, Bob said it best: “We can’t be a passive presence in the world. Giving, whether it’s your time, your money or both… it’s what’s important.”

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