From the moment Sara and I decided to open a luxury Bed and Breakfast, we made a commitment to giving back to our community. We knew that it would be a privilege to own this beautiful home and to share it with so many wonderful and interesting guests. We felt that our good fortune should be used to make a small difference here in Delavan and in the Greater Southeastern Wisconsin market.
What we didn’t know was the path we would take. It seemed like there were so many worthy causes and not enough time or resources to make them all to happen. We had to narrow our focus.
After a lot of deliberation, we became enamored with the idea of matching how we serve our customers with our ability to serve the needs of the community. It seemed like the perfect fit. With that in mind, we decided to concentrate on three general areas: hunger, warmth and the greater well-being of Delavan.
Tackling hunger made sense because such a big part of the B&B experience is great food and having a lot of it. With so many people underfed, we decided that we would make an annual contribution to Feeding America of Eastern Wisconsin. They distribute more than 18 million pounds of food a year to more than 1,000 pantries, meal programs and other nonprofit agencies, serving 36 counties and 330,000 people in eastern Wisconsin. Feeding America was founded in 1982 by the Rotary Club of Milwaukee and has distributed nearly 300 million pounds of food since its inception!
Addressing warmth also made sense. It represents the “bed” in bed and breakfast. Sara’s dad is a Methodist minister and we want to support his parish’s annual blanket drive benefiting Church World Service. They are an organization that was started in 1946 by seventeen denominations “to do in partnership what none of us could hope to do as well alone.” Their mission is to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, heal the sick, comfort the aged and shelter the homeless. We will be making an annual contribution to this worthy charity each November.
Of course, Delavan is where the B&B is. We love Delavan and want to preserve its natural, cultural, historical and communal vitality. By supporting local events (Delavan, Lake Geneva, Delavan Lake and the greater Geneva Lakes region), charities and schools, we can help do our part to make Delavan’s tomorrow as bright as its past.