Volunteer of the Year Award Given to Mother-Daughter Duo
We were honored to host our annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on October 23rd at Aldie Mansion in Doylestown, PA. Volunteers who gave their time throughout the year were invited to join Heritage Conservancy staff and board members for an appreciation ceremony followed by a potluck dinner. Nearly 60 guests gathered to celebrate in the spirit of philanthropy.
After being treated to a guided tour of Aldie Mansion, guests were seated for the Volunteer of the Year Award ceremony. Rochelle and Taylor Thompson, a mother-daughter duo, were bestowed with this honor. Together, they had given over 100 hours of their time during the course of 2013 toward helping Heritage Conservancy further its mission of preserving our area’s natural and historic resources. As the daughter-in-law and granddaughter of Jack Thompson, founder of The Thompson Organization and board member for Heritage Conservancy, the Thompson family embodies the passing of the philanthropic torch to the next generation. In her acceptance speech, Rochelle described the importance of the community working hand in hand to tackle our issues: “As individuals, we are not moving mountains, but together, person by person, community by community, issue by issue, steadily those mountains will move.”
As a not-for-profit organization, volunteers are crucial to Heritage Conservancy and help greatly to further its mission. With the demonstrated generosity of a group of engaged community members, Heritage Conservancy has logged over 2,400 hours of volunteer time over the past year! The Conservancy has had much success thanks in part to these dedicated individuals. As Rochelle Thompson also quoted in her acceptance speech, this Margaret Meade statement summarizes the importance of volunteerism: ”Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers!