For more than a decade, “Dr.” Marge Shanahan, the community lunch volunteer coordinator, has worked with countless HWS student-athletes, fraternity brothers, club members, faculty and staff at the Community Lunch Program, housed at First United Methodist Church on Main Street. At the end of March, Shanahan will be retiring from this position and on Thursday, Feb. 28, members of the HWS community will have one final opportunity to serve with this philanthropic and remarkable woman.
Shanahan and her husband, John, settled in Geneva for retirement, and she immediately began her work in volunteer leadership. Her efforts with the Community Lunch Program illustrate an extraordinary dedication to serving the lives of others. In May 2007, Hobart and William Smith Colleges celebrated Shanahan’s extraordinary leadership and commitment to community by presenting her with an honorary degree, awarded at Commencement by President Mark D. Gearan. Several family members, including her mother, attended the ceremony.
Since 1983, the Community Lunch Program has offered a hot meal each weekday to those in need, serving approximately 70 individuals each day and more than 20,000 meals per year. The Colleges' Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning has long collaborated with the program, and members of the HWS community took responsibility for staffing, planning, preparing, and serving lunches each Thursday in October and February. This community service has provided HWS students with many valuable life lessons.
Honor this noteworthy individual and her commitment to the Geneva community by working alongside President Gearan and the Heron field hockey team. Whether you prefer chopping up tomatoes, doling out portions, or interacting with local residents, all are encouraged to volunteer from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at the First United Methodist Church at the top of Seneca Street.
Call the Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning at ext. 3825 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer to help.