Cathy Anderson wants to make a difference in the lives of people in her community, especially children. She spoke with Staff Reporter Arlena Sawyers.
How do you describe success?
Success is a state of mind. It's a positive outlook toward people and your environment.
Why are you so concerned about your community?
I would like to see our community grow and give people the opportunity to be on a level playing field. Why shouldn't someone like me who has been blessed give back to the community? When you've had challenges in your own life, it makes you more compassionate.
What are some of the organizations with which you are involved?
Girls Inc., the United Negro College Fund, the National Children's Advocacy Center. I've partnered with (U.S. Rep.) Bud Cramer (D.-Ala.) on the Crystal Meth Task Force. We've hosted some seminars to come up with ways to prevent (its use) and educate people. We're working with a TV station to create a hotline to report at-risk children so we can intervene.
It's a passion.