Ten years ago, long-time Barrington resident Dori Squires-Hough saw a flier in her daughter’s backpack about Barrington Giving Day’s winter event. “I thought it was great that this organization was helping families in our community. I think many people hear Barrington and automatically assume that everyone is financially stable,” says Squires-Hough, who got involved immediately and is now Barrington Giving Day’s new executive director. “The truth is that we have more than 1,600 children in our school district either receiving free or reduced lunches because their families have been displaced or facing a family crisis that is causing them to not be able to provide for their children.” Squires-Hough, her husband Steve, and children Ariana, Lauren, and Jordan are looking forward to the holidays this year and invite everyone to participate in the December 7-8 event or to go to barringtongivingday.org to find out how they can get involved. Here are a few of her “lasts”:
Last piece of feedback you received from Barrington Giving Day that made you proud of what you’re doing?
We’ve been trying to spread more awareness about Barrington Giving Day so I have heard from many people that this is now their favorite nonprofit within Barrington because of how our efforts directly impact local families.
Last amazing meal you will not soon forget?
My husband and I were visiting Bath, England in September and dined at The Ivy Bath Brasserie. It was truly an amazing meal.
Last piece of advice you received that you’ve shared with others?
To remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.
Last moment in the community that made you realize why the work Barrington Giving Day does this time of year is so important?
Standing out in the cold and rain at the Barrington High School and Youth Football games, I was so amazed by the generosity of not only our community but also the opposing teams from other communities. Everyone was eager to make donations to help us help families in need. It was heartwarming!
Last favorite holiday memory?
Thanksgiving is always my favorite holiday. It’s when my family and friends get together to play one-hand touch football and then everyone comes back to our house for a big family dinner. It truly makes me grateful for all that I have and all that I can give to others.