You are one fall, one accident, one lapse of attention from becoming a needy taker rather than a generous giver.
So you “invest” by giving to your community, whether you need or might need help or not yourself.
That philosophy – almost a lifestyle, really – is what keeps Dave Yanke, owner of LINE-X in Sycamore, active in community services like the Salvation Army and Chamber of Commerce to name a few.
“My grandfather had two, three acres of ‘garden,’ and we grew vegetables. There was no way we could eat all that, so it was made available. Neighbors, church, etc. all benefitted”
“I’ve never known not to do that.”
Dave is on the executive committee as secretary of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, in part to “assist each other with challenges that can be common to many types of businesses.” For years he has helped the DeKalb area Salvation Army collect items for a food drive each February. This includes helping make the annual “Freezin’ for Food Drive” a success. Another activity he calls “a hobby” is cooking cobbler on Dutch ovens at a local park and swapping it for non-perishables that the local food pantry can distribute to needy local families and individuals.
Dave understands how fast a tragedy can turn things down for an individual and family, even through no fault of their own. He suffered numerous severe injuries in a motorcycle accident in March 2015, and a prolonged recovery that is still under way sidelined him for long periods of time.
He particularly enjoys local efforts, since the impacts “stay local,” although he and wife Sarah contribute to larger-scale efforts such as St. Jude children’s hospital both as individuals and a business.
“I really don’t care about the recipient’s background. If they need help, they need help. We’re all just one minor disaster from needing those services ourselves.”