Growing up in a household where volunteerism and community work was front and center gave me a predisposition to move toward helping others from a young age. Since my graduate studies in the early 80’s, I have been truly blessed to have been employed with three organizations that support low income and moderate income households struggling to live here on Cape Cod. As a Pre-School and Head Start Director with Cape Cod Child Development and a Coordinator with a Community Partnership Grant Program that focused on high quality child care and parenting programs, I spent twenty years creating partnerships with many agencies. Those relationships have evolved and continue to provide resources for Cape Cod households. Moving into the position here at FSC in 2002 was an opportunity to broaden my ability to meet individuals across the generations and continue to address pervasive issues that impact our clients in their daily lives. I wake up each day thankful that my path brought me to this wonderful “community within a community” that we call Falmouth Service Center.
My husband and family join me in my love of FSC, as this work occurs in all places at all times and often in the most unusual of circumstances.
It feels like it has been a long and varied road that has led me to this wonderful position at the Falmouth Service Center. I started my career by joining the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, an organization similar to the Peace Corps, which places volunteers in social service organizations such as food banks, counseling centers, schools, etc. in urban locations in the U.S. I spent my first year in Philadelphia working with a battered woman’s organization and Community Legal Services, and my second year in San Francisco working with homeless families. I continued my work with homeless families when I moved back to Boston. After four years in social services, I went on to get my Masters Degree in Public and Private Management, specializing in non-profit management.
I have lived in Falmouth for over ten years with my husband and two children and love this community! I am an active volunteer in the Falmouth Public Schools, in my church, and have worked at the Falmouth Service Center since May 2009. Every day I go to work feeling as if I now have the best job. I couldn’t be happier to be working alongside Brenda, Sharon, Matt, and all of the wonderful volunteers that make this place so special.
Giving back to the greater community where I was raised and educated seemed like the best goal to pursue after retiring from a 38-year career in higher education administration at Wheaton College in Norton, MA. At Wheaton, I was responsible for a team of colleagues who supported the work of thousands of volunteers across the country. These volunteers stayed connected to their alma mater by serving on the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors, recruiting prospective students, planning events and reunions, and raising unrestricted, annual financial support for the College.
Finding a way to give back on the Upper Cape drew me immediately to the Falmouth Service Center because it has the reputation for providing its clients with much-needed assistance and its volunteers with extremely rewarding service. It wasn’t too long before I was volunteering in the pantry, and then filling in for the Financial Assistance team when they needed a substitute.
I was thrilled when Brenda Swain asked me to consider becoming the first-ever paid volunteer coordinator in FSC’s history. Not only did this new position draw on my many years of supporting volunteers, but it also provided me with the opportunity to do something meaningful in this remarkable community of which my husband and I are now a part. FSC volunteers are the heart and soul of the many, many programs and activities that so effectively serve our clients; it is indeed a privilege and an honor to support the work of such an extraordinarily talented and dedicated volunteer force.
Operations and Warehouse Manager
In 2012, with our three sons grown and off on their own, my wife and I quit our jobs in the Washington, DC area to be closer to her aging parents here in Falmouth. Shortly after our arrival and after finding part-time employment, I felt the need to get involved in volunteer work. A colleague (and current FSC volunteer) suggested I look into the Falmouth Service Center. After volunteering for two and a half years in the warehouse, Brenda asked if I’d be interested in becoming the warehouse manager. I was flattered to be asked and honored to take the job.
Prior to our move to Falmouth, I spent most of my professional career in education as a high school math teacher. For two years after college, I taught at a Jesuit high school near Baltimore before returning to school for a degree in business. After working for several years in commercial banking, I realized education was in my veins (I come from a family of educators) and I missed the classroom! I returned to school once again, this time for my teaching degree. I then taught for 24 years in a large public high school in Herndon, VA just west of Washington. In addition to teaching, I served as a department chair, AP Coordinator, football coach, and moderated several student organizations.
I’m the product of eight years of Jesuit education where they stress the importance of giving back to your community and especially reaching out to help the less fortunate. The Falmouth Service Center embodies that tradition and I’m delighted to be a part of it.