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Give Back To Givers April Volunteer of the Month

by Press Release
April 16, 2019

Each month, Give Back to Givers honors a "Volunteer of the Month" to highlight his/her service and dedication to the town of Holliston, and to show how important volunteerism is to the town. This month we honor Mary Greendale.

Each month, Give Back to Givers honors a "Volunteer of the Month" to highlight his/her service and dedication to the town of Holliston, and to show how important volunteerism is to the town. This month we honor Mary Greendale.

What have you done in the past as volunteer work?

I have been active in several town government offices including two stints on the Board of Selectmen - I was the last woman to serve on that Board and that was in 1999.  I chaired the Town Hall Rehab Committee. I was the first Chair of Celebrate Holliston. Bobby Blair and I launched America in Bloom and most recently, I started the campaign to get the 8 Arch Bridge Restored, etc.

What do you currently do as a volunteer?

I am President of Holliston Cable Access Television. And I am on the Board of Assessors, but since we get a stipend, maybe that's not really "volunteer." I have asked to be on the new Affordable Housing Committee. And I will always keep a finger or two in America in Bloom.

What made you want to get involved in volunteering?

When I moved to Holliston in 1966 as a young mother, I had no adult experience as a volunteer. I came from Springfield MA - a city of 189,000 while Holliston had about 8,000. This community has always run on volunteer power - our very government is driven by volunteers. I was amazed...and I was very eager to learn, and the small town environment made that possible. So I volunteered for the Zoning By-law Study Committee - pretty boring, huh? But it gave me a chance to meet lots of people and to learn SO much about the town and its government. Volunteering is a great way to test your skills and develop new ones.

What is your favorite part of volunteering?

Getting something done. While I like the socialization and learning, what I really value is seeing something come to fruition. I don't seek public acclaim. I just feel good inside when I see something I worked on  - a structure or a program or a by-law - still in existence and doing well.
 

What have you gotten out of volunteering?

So very much...probably the biggest things are learning to collaborate and facilitate. Eventually these skills became part of my professional life as a mediator and a manager. Group projects require give and take, whether that is as a member of the Board of Selectmen or Celebrate Holliston. Being able to get a group to move in one direction and accomplish something is just so great!

 

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Comments (3)

Mary belongs in the Holliston "Volunteer Hall Of Fame" - she's anazing

- Lee DeSorgher | 4/17/19 9:04 AM

Congratulations! You have inspired so many!

- Keely Krantz | 4/16/19 7:34 PM

Congratulations Mary - truly well deserved!!!

- Dave Dubin | 4/16/19 7:21 AM

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