For years, Tom Donley watched his parents live a life focused on giving back. He saw them reshape their community, from supporting the local hospital to leading the public library and providing community services for children.
One of their main focuses, Tom says, was literacy, and it’s a gift he will never take for granted.
“My parents set an example for me how important education is and to do everything you can to help others get it,” he says. “Becoming literate is a necessity. And for people to be able to renew and realize that dream is a huge win-win for people and our community. We are excited that now our children support the literacy council and are involved in our Foundation, as well.”
Today, Tom and his wife, Cindy, embody a similar spirit of philanthropy supporting the York County Literacy Council, an organization that teaches English as a second language, helps adults earn their GEDs, and provides various other services.
“The need is so great,” Cindy says. “We’ve watched these adult learners grow as people, employees, and parents. It’s a thrill.”