September 25, 2008

Good Hope Awards- The Great Unveiling Part V

Now that all of the "Beyond Bread" award recipients have been unveiled, we are back announcing the awards of those who have volunteered their time and energy to work directly with Bread for the City clients. (All recipients will be honored at this year's Good Hope Awards, Bread for the City's annual volunteer recognition breakfast, on October 7th at 8:30 am at the Capital Hilton.) In fact, today's Great Unveiling is of a volunteer who has been working with Bread for the City longer than most of our staff members!

Margaret Schrader - Program Volunteer - For years, Bread for the City has had our very own media monitor in Margaret Schrader. Margaret began volunteering with Bread for the City in 1990—first helping with medical charts, then assisting legal with administrative projects, and finally settling into her niche as the media monitor. We have benefitted from her careful reading of a variety of news media sources, always taking time to clip out or copy information pertinent to the work of Bread for the City. But she does not stop there. She highlights, underlines, and stars important passages, mentions of our work, etc. so that we’re sure to get the message and then she passes them along to the staff member who needs the information. Margaret says that she is pleased to do it. She describes Bread for the City as “kind of a mad house, but it’s a good mad house because people get taken care of...if Bread for the City was a restaurant, Zagat would give it a 5 star rating!” She described it as a “supportive place to be” and we at Bread for the City are grateful for her support!

She has donated countless hours of her time to keep us up-to-date and informed and for that, we are grateful. She has ensured that our media catalogue is complete and when there is a big story she is always there to make sure we have plenty of copies! Margaret’s work is often done in the early morning hours before we open but we want to be sure she knows we notice and appreciate her work. We are so pleased to honor her with the 2008 Program Volunteer of the Year Award.

To learn more about the Good Hope Awards, or to request an invitation, please contact me at VBreitbarth [at] breadforthecity [dot]org!

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