Each year, our Good Neighbor Awards honor some of the dedicated neighbors who volunteer their time to help seniors and people with disabilities get the resources and support they need to age and thrive in their own homes and neighborhoods. We are delighted to honor Marlene as our 2019 Good Neighbor Honoree for the Inner Sunset Community Connectors.
Marlene, a longtime resident of the Inner Sunset, was one of the first neighbors to attend the new connectors program in her neighborhood. An active community member, she became more active after her retirement from Family House. Marlene soon began inviting her friends to the group, “I know the best way to recruit is word of mouth, so I talk about the class and I invite them.” And they come.
Volunteering and Growing Sponsored Program
Marlene is always ready to lend a hand, whether that means handing out fliers for the program at the local library’s 101st birthday celebration or helping the program settle into its summer quarters at her church, St. John’s. She also supports the program’s fundraising efforts with S.H.A.R.P. (Sunset Heights Association of Responsible People), one of the three community organizations sponsoring the Inner Sunset program.
“It’s an important program. I want to see it succeed,” she said.