2015 Volunteer of the Year: Ann Marie Finn
Ann Marie has brought an enormous amount of passion, creativity, and an eye for design to Families in Transition. Over the past few years, she has helped to create window displays at the OutFITters Thrift Store Boutique in Concord, and used her expertise to make the store more beautiful and organized. She also helped redesign the communal living spaces at our Douglas Street property, helping to create a warm and inviting home for the formerly homeless men living there. Because of the success of these projects, it was a no-brainer to ask her to help design the interior spaces at our new Family Place Resource Center and Shelter. We were taken aback by the hundreds of hours of time that she put into planning and designing the space, and thanks to her we now have an absolutely perfect space for children and families to call home. Everything from the shower curtains, to the furniture and paint colors on the walls are warm, inviting, and welcoming and help make the people coming to live with us feel safe and secure. Ann Marie’s commitment to her work and to Families in Transition’s mission means that we are able to give the people in our program what they deserve: a home that is not only safe, but also a place to be proud of. Thank you and congratulations to our 2015 Volunteer of the Year, Ann Marie!
2015 Youth Volunteer of the Year: Emily Lawrence
As a member of our Youth Ambassador program, Emily successfully and independently organized a drive to collect brand new and gently used shoes to donate to children in need at Families in Transition. She also comes in once a week to sort donations at OutFITters and since starting a few months ago has managed to recruit a small group of friends from school to volunteer too. She has poise, maturity, and enthusiasm beyond her years and has gone above and beyond expectations a s a volunteer by spreading our mission among her friends and community. Congratulations Emily and thank you for everything you have done for Families in Transition.
2015 Volunteer Group of the Year: National Charity League
Our staff consistently comments on how helpful, dependable, and reliable National Charity League is. When a huge clothing donation comes in, we can count on them to come in on a Saturday morning to tackle it with positivity and enthusiasm. They regularly go above and beyond their regular volunteer shift at OutFITters to find other ways to be involved, and more recently has volunteered at special events and even collected money to purchase books and bookshelves for the children and families at the Family Place shelter. As a group of mother and daughter pairs, they inspire a love for community service at a young age and teach teen girls the value of giving back. Each year, this group does more and more to support Families in Transition in new and different ways, and we are better for it! Congratulations to this year’s Group of the Year, National Charity League!
2015 School Volunteer Group of the Year: Southern New Hampshire University
It’s hard to think of a volunteer job that students or staff from Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) hasn’t filled in the last year. Whenever we have a last minute or sudden need, we can count on them to provide the support of student volunteers. At the height of their commitment in 2015, this school brought 80 plus students to our buildings at one time to tackle a big project. Their students are positive, committed, hard-working, and are genuinely engaged in their service. They are not only committed to supporting Families in Transition through their volunteer time, but also through the effort that they put into educating students about homelessness. They exemplify our mission by helping students to build an educational foundation in which service is more than just a requirement, but an opportunity to learn and give back at the same time. Staff in all departments at SNHU have been instrumental in supporting student volunteer efforts and spreading our mission across campus. Thank you and congratulations to this year’s school volunteer group of the year!