You Can Make a Difference!
Thank you for considering the Moreau Community Center as a place to donate your time and talents. Volunteers are vital to the Center, without whom we would not be able to meet the needs of those who live in our community.
At the Center, we know that your time and talent are precious, and we want every minute you spend with us to be worthwhile. That’s why we’re asking you to take a few minutes to fill out this application. It will help us begin to make the right match between your skills and interests and the opportunities available.
Thank you for your interest in helping us reach out to all of those in our community in need. If you have any questions about this or any part of our application process, please contact Rosemary White –firstname.lastname@example.org, Kelly Obermayer – email@example.com or call the Center 518-792-6007.
The Moreau Community Center hosts an annual Volunteer Dinner for all those who help us here at our facility. This is a small way for us to show our appreciation for their volunteer service. Over 200 volunteers typically attend, however that is not all who have helped us throughout the year.
Our Center assists so many in our community. We deliver approximately 30 meals daily to shut-ins and almost twenty seniors dine here each day. Our Food Pantry services 60-80 families every month. We pack weekend food for needy school children to take home. We operate a Thrift Store five days a week. We distribute food baskets with toys and food to 175 families at Thanksgiving and Christmas. We are here to assist our seniors with Food Stamps, Medicare and Medicaid applications, etc. We offer free income tax preparation, educational programs, transportation to doctor’s appointments and shopping, and we donate to local emergency services and college scholarships. Individuals and groups make this and more possible.
HUGUETTE AND JEAN-PIERRE DELVAUX
One was from Canada and the other from the Belgian Congo region of Africa. Imagine meeting in tiny Hudson Falls, New York! That is exactly what happened to Huguette and Jean-Pierre Delvaux, however. After raising their family in South Glens Falls and Reading, Pennsylvania they now babysit grandchildren and volunteer in numerous ways. Jean-Pierre is as quiet as Huguette is out-going. She has a great sense of humor and a dry wit. They work together at every Moreau Community Center Dinner preparing the salad. Jean-Pierre also delivers baked goods from BJ’s once per week and cuts the sticks for the Crafters’ umbrellas from home. Huguette works Thursday Night Bingo, helps with large Center events including the Garage Sale and Block Party, delivers Meals on Wheels, and is a general fixture at the Center.
Both were very involved in the community as they were raising their three sons, active in scouting and baseball. They also both volunteer serving the Hometown Thanksgiving Dinner in Glens Falls. Huguette currently volunteers once a week at the Home of the Good Shepherd also. As with many who volunteer their time and energy, Huguette states that “being with people, socializing, and helping others” is what is important.
Pat John popped into the Moreau Community Center one day to “see what it was all about.” Luckily for us, she decided she liked what she saw and has stayed. Pat started with our mailings, then added the Osteobusters class. She has helped with the Annual Garage Sale and Block Party the past two years. Volunteerism is in Pat’s blood. When her daughter was in school, she volunteered in the office at St. Michael’s and St. Mary’s Academy. She was a Girl Scout Leader, volunteered in the office for the Wood Foundation, and gave her time at the Sandy Hill Historical Library.
When asked about why she volunteers, Pat’s answer is simple. “I like getting something done that other people need done. It gives you drive.” Prior to her husband’s passing, he and Pat hiked a lot. At one time, they had their eye on the 46 Club. “We didn’t get near it, but it was something we loved to do,” Pat says. Pat is very humble and always thinks someone else is more deserving than she. We think differently – Pat does everything with a smile and to the best of her ability. “It’s an honor for me to be a member of the Moreau Community Center with so many outstanding people. Participating in the activities is always filled with fun and laughter.” And very often, Pat’s smiling face is leading the laughter..
When we reflect on the countless hours of service our community volunteers give to the Center and the programs we could not facilitate without them, we immediately think of Melody Tummons. Mel, a SGF resident, has been giving of her time and talent for over 5 years. She is always just a phone call away and here at the drop of a hat to help with whatever is needed. The Back Pack Program, Thursday night Bingo, The Block Party, Back to School, Holiday Caring, Painting, Food Pantry, the list goes on. All major events, Mel is on hand to do whatever from start to finish. She can be both a team player or a leader in a the project at hand. She simply recognizes what needs to be done and does it. Not only is she a hard working but has a friendly smile and makes those around her feel better as well. In addition to her service here, she is always ready to lend a helping hand to a friend in need.
When asked why she does what she does, Mel replied; “I love volunteering at the Center because of the people and the staff here are all great people.”
In reality she helps make us all great and she adds so much to our mission by her commitment to others.
Thank you Mel, for all that you do for this community.
The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others. DeAnn Hollis.
Clothing Thrift Store
When we reflect on the countless hours of service our community volunteers give to the Center and the programs we could not facilitate without them, we immediately think of our Clothing Thrift Store. Many are barely aware of the store not to mention these dedicated ladies who operate our little piece of retail. Irene Allen, Helen Dixon, Linda Gaulin, Marge Havern, Helen Korobovsky, Faye Lane, Joan McGrath, Laurie Merton, and countless others over the years volunteer 1 to 3 days per week sorting, tagging, hanging clothing, stocking shelves/racks, and greeting each customer with a smile. Doris Gardner and Shirley Soderholm were among the original creators of the store in 1987 and still volunteer to this day.
“As a single mom with two kids, I’m barely scraping by & clothes shopping is a hardship. I couldn’t do it without the Center’s thrift store.” ~ Melissa, (patron).
The Thrift store plays an important role in providing quality resale items at affordable prices, while benefiting our charity’s mission. Through the generous donations & drive of the countless volunteers, the store continues to raise much needed resources for our general fund. We strive to show compassion while providing services needed.
“Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another.” ~Erma Bombeck.
Our volunteers exemplify this altruistic activity while promoting goodness and improving human quality of life. This is one example of how the Center strongly relies on our volunteers and how deeply appreciative we are of their service.