Carol & Rick Smith: Help Make it Happen
Rick and Carol Smith joined the 1749 Society by naming the Community Foundation in their wills because they knew they wanted to give back to their community. They both have a long history in York: Rick grew up on a farm in York, and Carol lived on Pershing Avenue in the city. Even though Carol was a city girl, she loved horses, so it was only natural that she and Rick met through a blind date while horseback riding.
Carol grew up as an avid reader, and spent many hours at Martin Library devouring every horse and dog book available. When she was allowed to move up to the library’s adult reading section, Carol was thrilled. A special place remains in her heart for Martin Library, and she wants to ensure that other children in the city continue to have the opportunity to develop her same passion for reading.
Rick’s varied interests and community activities fit well with his future gift to the very flexible Fund for York County. Rick has been selling real estate in York since 1966, and also serves on the Foundation’s Hahn Home committee. Rick and Carol believe in the importance of giving back and feel they are lucky to be in the position to do just that. “It is not so much about what you make in life, but what you give back,” says Rick. Carol adds, “Helping… where and how one can is what life is about.”
YCCF is able to fund amazing organizations and programs because of support from donors like Rick and Carol Smith.