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New York, NY
Nominated by Susan Passoni
Length of Service:
25 hours per month for 28 years
January 16, 2014
After working for over 30 years at Saks Fifth Avenue, my mother retired. She was looking to do something to fill her time but moreover, she wanted to do something that would be fulfilling and help an important cause. As someone who lost her parents at a young age, she missed them terribly but also understood the importance of helping and caring for aging adults. She began volunteering at Mary Manning Walsh Home and has been there ever since - 28 years later. Given her retail experience, she works in the gift shop twice a week. In the gift shop, she sells merchandise, sets up displays and does so with tremendous pride. She continues to amaze the Carmelite Nuns for the Aged and Infirm, who are in charge, of the amount of business she generates each and every week. My mother loved to work closely with her retail clients at Saks and she has carried that experience with her to Mary Manning Walsh. While in the shop she enjoys the interaction with the residents and their visiting guests. My mother also loves to decorate for the different holidays and seasons, making Mary Manning Walsh Home a more welcoming and enjoyable place for all to be. Aside from the numerous residents who live there, she has also seen many dear friends come and go from Mary Manning Walsh Home. In some cases she has connected with old childhood friends she has not seen in years. As such, my mother considers Mary Manning Walsh her second home and is often there - even on her days off lending a hand. She enjoys playing bingo and cards with the residents as well as singing songs. She attends "cocktail" hour and tries to help whenever possible. She has be an inspiration for me to give back. Since retiring, I volunteer my time to education-related non-profits in Boston. I know my mother is a tireless advocate for the work Mary Manning Walsh does each and every year. Caring for the elderly is hard work that requires dedication, patience and understanding. It is a place that makes you feel welcome whether you are visiting or residing there - much of the reason being the commitment of the countless staff members and volunteers. I know my mother is proud to be a part of Mary Manning Walsh Home and will likely be volunteering there for as long as she can.
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