Recognizing the work of outstanding volunteers is a big part of what we do at VolunteerMatch. You can imagine how proud we are to honor one of our very own!
This month Maura Koehler-Hanlon, a client relations manager on our Corporate Solutions team, learned that she and two other local volunteers for Friends of the United Nations World Food Program (Friends of WFP) will receive the George McGovern Leadership Award: Uniting to End World Hunger.
For nearly a year, Maura has been volunteering as a committee coordinator for the United Nations Friends of WFP Committee of San Francisco, taking advantage of VolunteerMatch’s employee volunteer program, which offers employees eight hours of paid time off each month to volunteer with a nonprofit of their choosing.
Formed in 1995, Friends of WFP is a U.S.-based nonprofit that supports the United Nations World Food Program’s life-saving global food programs through education, advocacy and fundraising efforts. In 2008, Friends of WFP formed a committee program and invited volunteers at the grassroots level to organize local events to help alleviate global hunger and poverty.
Since then Maura and fellow honorees Julia Feldman and Alejandra Navarro have organized several successful events, including an art auction fundraiser that brought over 200 people together to raise $10,000 for Friends of WFP.
To celebrate the work that Maura and the rest of the San Francisco committee have accomplished, Friends of WFP will award the group its inaugural Outstanding Service Award at their annual gathering in Washington, D.C. in October.
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