This month we are honored to feature Meredith Carpenter in our Supporter Corner. She is one of our long-time volunteers and biggest advocates.
We don’t know what we’d do without Meredith!
1) How did you first become involved in MHM? Tell us some of the key ways you support the organization.
I first became involved in Moms Helping Moms through a former colleague and friend, Laura Kapuscinski. She and I had planned events together for our former employer and when she needed some help with the Annual Snow Ball Gala she invited me to join the planning committee. Since then I have served as a volunteer for the Snow Ball working mostly on the collection and organization of prizes for the raffles and silent auction. I look forward to serving as co-chair of the 2019 Snow Ball alongside fellow co-chair Rajita Nair. The past few years of being a part of this amazing event have been truly rewarding and I am honored to serve in this capacity. This past year I have also volunteered in the warehouse sorting and organizing donations and I just began a new volunteer position as Diaper Drive Coordinator. I began as our Mother’s Day Campaign kicked-off and am excited to assist with the upcoming September Diaper Need Awareness Week drives.
2) What advice do you have for someone interested in making a long-term volunteer commitment?
My advice for someone interested in making a long-term volunteer commitment is to insert the cause in every task that you are doing. Sorting clothes, repackaging loose diapers, counting and organizing diaper drive items may not seem very exciting until you think about the 150,000+ diapers and 150,000+ additional baby items that were distributed by Moms Helping Moms in 2017. That success goes back to volunteer involvement. There is no task too small to make an impact and further the mission of Moms Helping Moms Foundation.
3) When you’re not helping out MHM what are you up to?
When I am not at Moms Helping Moms you can find me with my husband Rob and my two kids – Amanda and Thomas. Even though our children are still young we are already wrapped up in their activities and sports and I also serve as PTA volunteer. As a family we spend a lot of time outside – going to parks, hiking, and picnics. Many of my quiet moments alone are spent reading.
4) What’s your favorite way to spend a summer day?
My favorite way to spend a summer day is checking off another box on my kids’ summer wishlist. We are about half way through the list and have had some fun adventures so far including a ride on Thomas the Train, an ice-cream dinner, a day in NYC, and exploring a new playground and park – Grover Cleveland Park in Caldwell.
5) What is your idea of perfect happiness?
My idea of perfect happiness is that usually a moment in the day, through all the hustle, bustle, and life craziness that I stop, take a breath and appreciate all that is in front of me at that moment. It is not necessarily a specific person, place or thing that brings on perfect happiness but just that actual moment of appreciation and recognition that I have much in my life that brings me happiness.