Marilyn - HOPE Chest Volunteer
Our HOPE Hero for June is one of our extraordinary HOPE Chest volunteers! Marilyn continuously goes above and beyond to make sure survivors and customers find exactly what they are looking for while shopping in an organized store. It is volunteers like Marilyn who make HOPE Chest such an amazing place for our community.
Marilyn moved frequently while growing up but eventually moved to New Orleans which is where she attended college and met her husband. Marilyn later moved to Syracuse where her husband attended law school, they raised two daughters, she practiced dental hygiene for over 40 years, and also spent time volunteering. After her husband retired, they had a “love at first sight” moment with Sarasota and decided that they wanted to move.
What have you learned while volunteering at HOPE Chest?
Marilyn: While volunteering with HOPE Chest, I've garnered more patience, some business practices, merchandising skills, cooperation, and a little Spanish.
Tell us about your most memorable accomplishment with HOPE Chest.
Marilyn: Overall, helping people find exactly what they're looking for and hearing how grateful donors and customers are is always memorable. It is especially rewarding and memorable when I am able to help those who are clients of HOPE themselves.
Describe the most incredible view you’ve ever seen.
Marilyn: My brand new babies and my brand new granddaughter.
What’s your pizza order?
Marilyn: The more veggies, the better!