I am honored to be an alumna of the Martha’s Vineyard Vision Fellowship. The Fellowship allowed me to realize many lifelong dreams. I was able to initiate a program in partnership with a local organic farm that taught obese children about local food available on the Island. The lessons they learned regarding healthy living also helped to raise awareness among the Island community about the benefits of locally grown food. I was able to help the community understand the crisis of childhood obesity that we are facing in our country. I believe it is imperative to teach children early in life so that they’ll acquire the habits necessary to sustain a healthy lifestyle.
Thanks to the Fellowship I was able to finish my Master’s Degree in school counseling. Unfortunately there wasn’t a guidance position to be filled on the island which forced me to seek other employment. I am currently employed with the Lower Cape Outreach Council. LCOC is a nonprofit organization which helps people in crisis. We offer financial assistance for mortgages, rent, medical bills, electric bills, etc. Managing a clothing shop is another one of my responsibilities. The shop gives our clients the opportunity to shop for in-season clothing. All of the clothing is in great condition and is donated by local people. I also manage nine different food pantries. Happily, this season I started our first community garden. The garden will provide all nine pantries with fresh vegetables and flowers. I am pleased to be part of the Martha’s Vineyard Vision Fellowship. It has been a pleasure to work with all of the fellows. I look forward top continuing these efforts to make our community stronger and more sustainable each and every day.