Why I Give
MaryEllen Wilson became a regular supporter of YES! in 2020, shortly after discovering two old issues. Retired from a busy career, she now spends her time reading, writing, knitting, painting, and volunteering. “The days are not long enough for all that I want to do.”
Kansas City, Missouri
What brought you to YES!?
I first found YES! Magazine in the break room at Kansas City Hospice where (until COVID-19) I volunteered. I read them cover to cover, then helped myself to the subscription page! I still read each issue cover to cover and learn so much I didn’t know.
What are your passions?
Alongside my day job as an “office mommy” (my term for administrative assistant), I’ve long volunteered in community theater. I started at the Southern Renaissance Faire in San Bernardino, California, where I worked for a hat maker and eventually became booth manager. Since then I’ve done props and stage managing for different theater companies, and worked as a stitcher, a fitter, an “alterationer,” and a dresser to female leads. When I moved from California to Kansas City, I began volunteering with hospice to pay back the extraordinary care my sister and mother received at the end of their lives.
How does YES! support your values?
I believe in the equality of all people. We are all one and if we don’t learn to live together, and value each other, and deal with the climate crisis, we will not have a planet to live on or communities to live in. (And I don’t think most of us could afford Elon Musk’s space travel!) I have long been aware that the history we learned in school is not the real history of the world, and I appreciate that YES! speaks to those greater, deeper truths.
Why do you support YES! as a monthly donor?
I became a monthly donor because YES! does great work presenting the problems we need to face and offers information and solutions on how to deal with them. I want to support that work. I also knew that some of my friends would enjoy the magazine, and I wanted to use my free gift subscriptions to share it with them because I believe the ideas we read about in YES! need to spread. I love it when they tell me how much they appreciate it!