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Family & Children’s Agency thanks its 800+ volunteers

By Family & Children’s Agency

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April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month and Family & Children’s Agency is extending its thanks and appreciation to its more than 800 tireless volunteers. The efforts of the Agency’s volunteers help support every facet of the Agency and make a difference the lives of children & families, youth, adults, and seniors every day.

“Volunteers have a profound impact and are an integral part of the work done at Family & Children’s Agency,” said Robert F. Cashel, President & CEO. “We could not do the work we do without their dedication.”

Volunteer opportunities at the Agency include mentoring a child, supporting a specific program, sponsoring an event, providing a meal for those experiencing homelessness, organizing or donating to a collection or drive, making items for clients or simply raising awareness.

Martha Ercole has been a volunteer with the After School Program at Family & Children’s Agency for more than six years. Martha came to the Agency after her daughter had volunteered with the After School Program while she was in high school. After her daughter graduated and attended Columbia University, Martha wanted to give back to the Program, as well. Martha says volunteering with the Program is rewarding in many ways.

“My satisfaction comes from developing a relationship with the kids,” says Martha. The After School Program provides enrichment activities and academic support to 50 middle school youth from Norwalk at the Program’s Norwalk Community College campus 5 days a week. “Being involved in their lives and being able to watch them grow, evolve and change as they learn is really special. The children look forward to seeing you. It’s about being a positive role model and being there for the kids.”

National Volunteer Appreciation Month is not only about thanking those who donate their time, but encouraging others to support a cause that is important to them. To learn more volunteer opportunities with Family & Children’s Agency, please contact Mayx Holmes, Manager, Volunteer Services, at (203) 523-5715 or email

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