Harold J. Miossi trust gives children hope and promise

November 3, 2018

Harold J. Miossi

Opinion by Jenny Luciano, Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County CEO

As an agency built on the mission of mentoring, there is no better role model than the late Harold J. Miossi. Through the Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust, countless youth in our community have been given hope and promise.

Since 2012, the trust has supported the Big Brothers Big Sisters School Based Program with six $20,000 grants, which created and sustains our site in Morro Bay and also partially funds our San Luis Obispo site. The School Based Program allows us to double our impact by serving two youth with every match: the elementary age Little and the high school or college age Big.

Exposure to new ideas, opinions and backgrounds expands the horizons of the mentors and mentees.

This Nov. 15, National Philanthropy Day, the Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust will be awarded Philanthropist of the Year by the local chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Big Brothers Big Sisters congratulates the trust on this well-deserved honor, and thanks them for their continued generosity. Its support of our programs gives our school based children an improved outlook for the future.

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I knew Mr. Miossi from my childhood, as he was friends with my parents and I must say for someone that never married or had children his trust has certainly reached a lot of little kids. He was a funny little guy as I recall, fast speaker, full of energy. Good legacy!

TKG, I really hope you win the election because you bring forward what is SO desperately lacking today in our town’s governance…a sense of where we came from and the rich depth of many of our people and traditions. No matter the outcome, thank you for giving us hope above the shallow electioneering of your opponent..

In view of your organization’s cause of mentorship, You should know that Harold Miossi was my greatest mentor. He supported my first campaign as the first and only Cal Poly student elected to the San Luis Obispo City Council. As an ardent conservationist and writer, Harold was a huge influence upon my thinking and my writing. When he passed away back in 2006, I was given the deep honor to deliver his eulogy at the Mission. He was a great man who has left a great legacy to the great benefit of San Luis Obispo with The Harold J. Miossi CharitableTrust. Congrats to Big Brothers Big Sisters as yet another beneficiary of the best friend I ever had…