Volunteers are ordinary people who reach out each day and take a hand. Mary Ann Pierce IS that volunteer. NO is not in her vocabulary and she eagerly contributes to her family, her clubs, town, state and national organization of GFWC, always ready to fill a need.
MaryAnn’s passions focus her volunteering: leadership development, helping the homeless and assisting women and children in domestic violence situations. MaryAnn shares her passion for volunteerism with young people through her work with the Massachusetts Youth Leadership Foundation. Establishing a service component to the seminar was vitally important to her, helping students understand that leadership is more than directing others- it’s giving back.
Retirement from teaching allowed her time to tutor each week at Second Step, an organization supporting abuse survivors. Deborah Maini, Director of Development, described MaryAnn as a “remarkable, generous partner, dedicated to helping survivors heal and thrive.”
MaryAnn is great at making connections and networking, skills learned easily from her parents- business owners and community advocates. She connects people through their common mission with other opportunities – everyone benefits. Another one of MaryAnn’s gifts is fundraising. Year after year she finds ways to support causes that matter to her most, sharing fundraising successes with every organization she joins. Her experience is invaluable.
MaryAnn has spent a lifetime advocating for GFWC membership. She is key to recruiting successes in her club, she started the Bay State Contemporary Club, and worked to get Juniorette clubs up and running in Massachusetts. She loves being a clubwoman with opportunities to make changes in the community, a message she shares readily in her elevator speech, business card in hand!
Just as important is MaryAnn’s dedication to mentoring newer members. She models the components of organizing a successful project from start to finish so that others can experience success. She encourages younger members, knowing a “good job” goes a long way to encouraging ongoing membership and leadership.
MaryAnn is a lifetime clubwoman. She has walked in parades, decorated floats, started Mom and tot groups. She rarely missed an event in her 35 year membership. While pregnant with her third child, she chaired Breakfast with Santa on Saturday and delivered her son on Tuesday! One of her most significant contributions in Needham was raising over $100,000 for a townwide playground, doubling club membership in the process. She met town officials, wrote grants, worked with churches encouraging donations- she brought a community together.
Mary Ann and her husband Ted raised three sons who all learned the value of volunteering. One of the most difficult times in their family life was when one son developed depression while in college. MaryAnn would be the first to say GFWC helped them through it. Mary Ann relished the support of her GFWC friends who never judged, and her son still enjoys volunteering alongside the women who supported him.
MaryAnn’s dedication to family and clubwork, and her passion as a community volunteer make her a most worthy candidate for the honor of Jennie June.
Volunteers in Action: GFWC Florida, Village Improvement Association of Rehoboth Beach (Delaware), GFWC Woman’s Club of Aurora (Illinois), Alamo Women’s Club (California), GFWC Arizona Benson Juniors, and Woman’s Club of West Allis (Wisconsin)
Sharon Oliphant is filled with positive energy and gratitude for all of the opportunities she has to give back because of GFWC. In 2018 she will begin her time as Florida State President, and Sharon is assume the role and work with her enthusiastic Florida clubwomen to make a difference.
Success For Survivors Scholarship
Each year, GFWC awards scholarships to help intimate partner abuse survivors obtain a post-secondary education that offers a chance to reshape their future by securing employment and gaining personal independence.
GFWC Morgan Park Junior Woman’s Club
Founded in 1934, the GFWC Morgan Park Junior Woman’s Club is perhaps best known for its Work Out to Wipe Out Domestic Violence Benefit Day, which raised over $10,000 last year.