• January 28, 2015

Video: Generosity on a Middle-Class Income

Richard Semmler, a mathematics professor at Northern Virginia Community College, in Annandale, works two additional jobs so he can earn enough money to give away half of his $100,000 income each year.

In addition to his financial donations, Mr. Semmler volunteers with some of the charities he supports, including Central Union Mission, in Washington.

In this video, he talks about his commitment to Central Union, which works with homeless people, and how giving at this level affects his way of life.

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1. edwa3467 - September 28, 2010 at 01:32 pm

A very inspiring story and demonstration of true committment by Prof. Semmler for his dedication to supporting Central Union Mission. What was missing from the piece though was Prof. Semmler's motiviation. What drives him to make what by any measure are signifigant sacrifices for the good of others? What is it about the groups he supports and his personal involvement that inspires and compels him to be so vested in their work?

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