Well-earned time off

The Covington News - - OPINION -

We have al­ways be­lieved vol­un­teers are the back­bone of a suc­cess­ful and pro­gres­sive com­mu­nity.

No mat­ter if that com­mu­nity is a busi­ness, a neigh­bor­hood or a ser­vice or or­ga­ni­za­tion, if you have a good group of vol­un­teers in­stilled with a pas­sion and a de­sire to im­prove their com­mu­nity, it will be suc­cess­ful.

For 30 years Martha Tay­lor, who re­cently re­tired from the Newton Med­i­cal Center as Di­rec­tor of Vol­un­teer Ser­vices, nur­tured such a vol­un­teer group.

She started her ca­reer as mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor of the lo­cal hos­pi­tal and saw a need for a strong vol­un­teer force to help the lo­cal non­profit bet­ter serve its pa­tients. She felt the vol­un­teer force could bet­ter its com­mu­nity by help­ing to raise funds so the hos­pi­tal could pur­chase equip­ment that would help it stay on the cut­ting edge med­i­cal tech­nol­ogy, sav­ing many lives through those ef­forts

She ac­com­plished just that, rais­ing more than $2.7 mil­lion and build­ing her vol­un­teer force from a hand­ful to 250 strong, dur­ing her ten­ure as the vol­un­teer ser­vice di­rec­tor.

Peo­ple with char­ac­ter­is­tics like Martha Tay­lor are what make a com­mu­nity strong and pro­gres­sive. We ap­pre­ci­ate her ef­forts and wish for her a great new life.

We can’t help but think, know­ing her per­son­al­ity, that soon she will be back vol­un­teer­ing her ser­vices for the good of our com­mu­nity.

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