Leadership Long Beach

Strengthening Communities With Compassion

By Genevieve Brill Murphy, Owner,
Visiting Angels – Senior Homecare

LLB Class of 2012

Genevieve MurphyDecember 3rd, 2013 – I have always loved Gandhi’s quote, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” One of the things I admire most about Leadership Long Beach (LLB) is that the organization embodies that philosophy – striving to strengthen our community by better connecting, informing and activating its current leaders and developing others who wish to serve.

Each year, LLB’s Adult Leadership Institute class is asked to identify a need in the community and develop a service project to address it. In 2012, I was fortunate to work with a particularly creative group that organized a compassion campaign called “BKindLB,” which set out to recognize and celebrate acts of kindness. Our efforts were ignited by a study conducted throughout the country that examined why people love where they live and why it matters. This “Soul of the City” report showed a strong correlation between residents’ loyalty and passion for their community with the community’s economic growth. We wanted to do our part to help promote a kinder, more welcoming Long Beach, in the hopes of not only increasing resident engagement but to also effect a positive economic shift.

It was an energizing effort that inspired me to use my own company, Visiting Angels, as a vehicle for good. Last year I started a service project called “Angel Mail.” I wanted to inspire children, our future leaders, to practice compassion and to connect with isolated and ill seniors in our community. Angel Mail has since partnered with local schools, Girl Scout troops, and other community organizations to create joyful artwork that we deliver to delighted seniors.

Thanks to LLB I have had the chance to join forces with kind-hearted alums from Meals on Wheels who deliver some of the children’s art work, with members of LB Parks & Recreation’s Senior Programs, with W.R.A.P. After School Programs and with members of our local hospital’s management teams, to name just a few. I believe one of the biggest gifts LLB has given me (and there are many!) is the encouragement and empowerment to serve our community on a much larger scale than I could ever accomplish alone, and to work alongside individuals who are committed to purpose-driven and compassionate leadership.

Leadership Long Beach offers principled leadership programs by educating and engaging adult and youth leaders on issues important to the city’s future and sustainability. For more information, go to www.leadershiplb.org.

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(Founded in 1989, Leadership Long Beach offers principled leadership programs by educating and engaging adult and youth leaders on issues important to the city’s future and sustainability.

For more information, check us out at www.leadershiplb.org or www.facebook.com/leadershiplongbeach.)