Born in the U.S., Crowe's Lily Rumyan (Los Angeles) grew up hearing stories about her ancestral homeland of Armenia. “I loved learning about the country, its people and its history, with the hopes to one day visit,” said Lily. “Unfortunately, Armenia is in the midst of turmoil as a result of war that continues today. The unrest has resulted in the destruction of many churches, monuments, cemeteries and other historic sites, some dating back to the 9th century. I wanted to find a way to help preserve these important pieces of history before it’s too late.” In 2020, Lily began volunteering with Armenia Fund Inc. the largest humanitarian organization serving the needs of the Republic of Armenia and the Artsakh Republic. Its mission is to connect the people of Armenia with communities of Armenians around the world to create a better homeland. “My primary focus has been to help raise funds to support preserving the culture and heritage of Armenia,” said Lily.
During the pandemic, Lily turned to social media to continue her fundraising efforts. “I’ve been posting some appeals on Facebook and Instagram and have raised more than $1,000 on top of my own contributions,” she shared. Lily feels it’s important to preserve the history of all religions and cultures so that future generations can benefit. “People often forget how valuable history is until it’s gone. I want to be a part of preserving it before it’s too late,” she said. Crowe encourages everyone to give back – whether it's volunteering through firm-sponsored activities, schools, religious organizations or other groups.