Can you imagine volunteering at the local hospital for 50 years, like:
Marguerite “Pam” Berges
Fifty years . . . five decades . . . a half century — that’s how long Community Hero Marguerite “Pam” Berges has been volunteering at Scottsdale Healthcare as part of the hospital’s Auxiliary volunteer program. Pam has been there since the program’s 1961 founding, when she was just one of 25 charter members.
Or starting a group of community minded volunteers called the “Charity Chicks”?
It started with a few crazy “chicks” who met through casual volunteering and ended up forming lasting friendships. One of those chicks, Amy Davison, saw the endless possibilities . . . and the endless community needs. So in 2003, Amy hatched Charity Chicks with a simple mission – getting a bunch of women who care together to “share the joy of giving.”
Or, believing in people of all abilities, like:
Matt Mays has volunteered his time for Scottsdale’s special needs community for six years. While a recreation leader and volunteer coordinator working with the developmentally disabled, he continues that job on his own time. For the past two years, Matt has energetically served as a volunteer coach and scene designer for Detour! Company Theater, a business that makes theater accessible to actors of all abilities.
I had the good fortune to be invited to the 2011 Frances Young Unsung Community Heroes breakfast this morning. I walked in and immediately bumped into Matt Mays, not knowing he was an award recipient. What a special treat is was to learn of his award and be there as he was honored.
Matt has been a mentor and a friend to my son with autism. His spirit is huge and he always gives with a smile on his fact. Truly a special guy.
To learn more about each of the award recipients, visit the City of Scottsdale’s new release: 2011 Frances Young Unsung Community Heroes named
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