Wendy Mann is no stranger to volunteer work, so when her department manager asked her to join the Marshall & Sterling team for Make a Difference Day on October 24th, the answer was obvious.
Make a Difference Day is the largest nationwide day of service, and in Dutchess and Orange counties, there were plenty of opportunities to get involved through United Way. Food Bank of the Hudson Valley was one such location that required the help of ambitious go-getters like Wendy.
Wendy, along with other volunteers from the insurance agency’s Middletown branch, took a day off from sorting through policies and instead spent her Saturday sorting through food donations in the Food Bank’s warehouse.
Although she had never been part of Make a Difference Day in the past, Wendy has certainly experienced her share of service work. “My mom taught me at an early age to give back,” She explained. “I’ve volunteered at our church my whole life, and was a member of the Middletown Lions Club for a few years.”
Wendy also makes sure she finds time for exercise, and manages to do so by volunteering. She has been participating in the Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk for 17 years, and the Heart Walk for the past few years.
Mann attributes her community-first mindset to her mother, who she cites as her hero. “She’s gone through a lot in her life and is still the most influential and inspiring person I know!” Wendy said. “Being the eldest of nine siblings, she’s always been the one taking care of everyone from the time she was very young.”
Armed with lessons from her mother, like appreciating what she has and taking notice of how lucky she is, Wendy is constantly driven to give back.
“It feels great to help. There are so many people in need right here in our own community, it’s great to have the opportunity to make a difference.”
To get involved in your community today, go to volunteer.uwdor.org.