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Darvish. Her generosity and engagement
inspire me to do more and give more.
For the past 6½ years, I have rep-
resented Montgomery County on the
Governor’s Commission on Service
and Volunteerism. My term ended in
December, and I wanted to share some
thoughts. I have come to know many
of the nonprofits based in Montgomery
County and have been a tireless advo-
cate and cheerleader for their missions.
Food, shelter and the environment are
my passions. I admire the efforts of A
Wider Circle, Interfaith Works, Shep-
herd’s Table and Green Wheaton. Over
the years, I have gained an appreciation
of nonprofits that support the arts and
history, including Arts on the Block, the
Button Farm Living History Center and
Along the way, I have met thousands
of Rotarians, corporate citizens, Ameri-Corps members, Girl Scouts and people
working at faith-based organizations
who help our neighbors in need and
create a more vibrant community. I am
especially grateful for the partnership
and collaboration with Bruce Adams
from the Office of Community Partnerships, Molly Callaway from the Montgomery County Volunteer Center, the
Corporate Volunteer Council of Montgomery County and Leadership Montgomery. A million thanks to the countless volunteers on Team Testoni for
never saying no when asked to help.
Thank you Montgomery County vol-
unteers for your time, talent and trea-
sure—it has been an honor and privi-
lege to serve as your commissioner.
Commission on Service and Volunteerism
In the November/December 2014
issue’s Guide to Giving, the photo of the
Montgomery County Coalition for the
Homeless should have been credited to
Marleen Van den Neste.
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