SHE-roes abound for many of our readers…what a joy it has been to read of other people’s women they admire and celebrate!  We are compiling  a list of  recommended she-roes and I’m beginning to dream about writing a book to admire and lift up the idealistic and generous women who have made our lives rich and full…especially those who have worked tirelessly in the nonprofit sector.

Today I have the great fun of going to talk to the Magee Hospital volunteers…these amazing women have contributed more than 47,000 hours of service this year!  If you use the number developed by the Independent Sector for the value of a volunteer’s hour ($20.25 in 2008), these folks have contributed nearly $1 MILLION of additional service, kindness, hospitality and love to the women treated at Magee Hospital. 

But I am especially proud to talk to them because I am the daughter-in-law (36 years this week!) of Betty Jo Outon who has won her 10,000 hour pin and worked for almost 21 years at St. David’s Hospital in Austin, TX.  My darling mother-in-law is the Holy Grail of volunteerism – courteous to a fault, dependable as the mail, a professional serving without pay.  Whenever we visit, her freshly pressed Robin’s uniform is hanging from some door, waiting to go to work.  Women of her generation have shown so much generosity beyond self…it’s so quiet…and it’s so important to how our institutions can be human and effective…so a big Happy Mother’s Day to all those wonderful women…

And remember your nominations for SHE-roes are making my days bright and happy – and keep ’em coming!  We’re working every day to try to shine a bright light on women and their work as we are privileged to experience with them at the Bayer Center…

Much love, Peggy

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