Bud who is 90 years of age and Millie who is 86 have been delivering meals for 16 years. For the last approximately 14 years, they come every day, instead of one day a week that we ask from volunteers. They are willing to drive any route that needs a substitute driver or any route that may be open and waiting for someone to volunteer to drive it. Millie also volunteers on our Board of Directors and comes into the office a few times a month to volunteer her office skills. The volunteer time that Bud and Millie put into Meals on Wheels is equivalent to about 10 other people.
Brynne is 15 years old and lives in Marquette. She will be a sophomore at Little River High School. This is her third year in charge of the Marquette summer snack program. Brynne prepares the snack every afternoon Monday through Friday and takes it to the swimming pool where she distributes the snack to all children who are swimming or just come to the pool for the snack. She prepares the menus and food and keeps a tally of those served and other paperwork involved with this program. She has been an active participant, and only youth, in our program and has attended training sessions and other related events. Prior to the snack program, she was a volunteer at the lunch program in Marquette for the last 5 years. During the school year, she is involved in band, vocal, volleyball and is the softball team manager. She is active in the Elim Luther Church youth group and in the Marquette summer day camps. Last year she participated in or organized 127 hours of volunteer work.
Neisha was part of a small group that saw a need in our community and responded! They saw that families in poverty needed help to improve their situation and getting access to the resources available that could help them exit poverty.
She was key in researching program options, gaining First United Methodist Church's support for our group and instrumental in founding our Circles chapter as the solution for this need. She has been active in serving in every part of our non-profit organization.
She served two terms on our board including serving as President, has served as an ally to several Circle leaders, is key in our fundraising efforts to continue operating, has facilitated programming for financial literacy and has been part of community groups who have brought meals.
She’s gone above and beyond to help Circles continue to grow and help more families move out of poverty in McPherson County!
There are many heroes in our everyday life and we thank every one of them for their commitment to their community and to those in need. We have asked our United Way partners to nominate a person involved in their program that they believe has gone above and beyond in their service to others. We are excited to announce our Be A Local Hero campaign. As a member of our community and a donor to United Way we want you to help us honor these heroes and earn some money for our partners as we all have a little fun. Each of the nominated heroes listed below are special in their own way. You have an opportunity to make a donation to the United Way in your favorite hero's name. The Local Hero that received the largest number of nominations will receive the recognition as our Local Hero and the partner that nominated them will receive an extra $300 donation from the United Way. Pick a hero today, make a donation, and help us work together to help those in need in McPherson County.
Abbey currently serves as the Chief of Staff at McPherson College where she sits on the following committees: Horizon Fund Committee, Global Enterprise Challenge, Assessment Committee, Jump Start Kansas Judge, and Business Plan Advisor for Youth Entrepreneurs. She has also served as a Lincoln Elementary Room Mother and Parent Volunteer, sits on the Mac Advantage Parent Advisory Board, and is the Chi Omega Recruitment Representative for the University of Kansas in McPherson County. In the past Abbey has been a member of the McPherson Rotary Club and sponsored the McPherson College Rotaract chapter. She is a volunteer member of our board and is very active both within the Y and the Community. She was also our YMCA Volunteer of the year winner for 2016. Abbey joined the Y Board in 2015. During this time on the Board she has served on our local Public Policy Committee, attending Advocacy Days in Topeka and visiting our legislators. She also serves on the Kansas State Alliance Public Policy Committee. Abbey served as the co-chair for our Annual Campaign in 2016 and will be Chair in 2017.