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GREENWICH WORLD HUNGER ASSOCIATION
April 5, 2013

This non-profit was born in the seventies to help reduce world hunger by means of community education and promotion of self- help in impoverished areas. A few examples: It has identified needs in Haiti and continues to support water projects there. In Guatemala it is funding stoves to improve nutrition. Masai women who make their living by raising cattle including milk cows, are now selling the surplus milk in a dairy cooperative, thanks to support from GWHA. It has helped fund a water line to serve people in Yomybato, a Peruvian rain forest village. Basic needs. Small sums of money carefully monitored. And local people in charge of their own destiny and that of their community.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

MY ROLE:
Board Member

Preston High School
May 27, 2010

I was a shy, bright 13 year old from a lower-middle class Italian Bronx family who would become empowered to lead thanks to the outstanding education and welcoming atmosphere of Preston High School. I had teachers who helped me blossom such that I became a class leader, served as assistant editor of the school newspaper and the yearbook, was president of the math club, the science club, sang in the Glee Club, participated in extemporaneous speeches and poetry readings in city-wide competitions. I volunteered to teach religious education to a child in the South Bronx. I was prepared for college via an excellent academic education. The scholarships I received enabled me to attend a private college with tuition fully paid and to pursue my dream of teaching French, having a family, making a difference.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I taught in public schools for over 30 years in mostly urban areas serving a very diverse population. I have been a political activist especially through the League of Women Voters and have registered voters through several campaigns. Environmental activism relative to cleaning up Long Island Sound and recycling and solid waste management, along with running a garden club at my last school for 20 years and continuing to work "in the school garden" as a recently retired teacher are some of my areas of commitment. The sense of responsibility for the my personal spiritual and intellectual growth, my dedication to my family, the environment, and our nation were imbued in me during my years at Preston. Every day I feel a sense of gratitude that I was allowed to have the Preston experience and I so hope that it will continue to influence the lives of young Bronx women the way it has mine.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

insure that the young women do not have to worry about tuition payments when their families' economic situations are altered. I would like to see the physical plant upgraded to reflect the changing needs of the current students and society.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

where it led me. I taught in public schools for over 30 years in mostly urban areas serving a very diverse population. I have been a political activist especially through the League of Women Voters and have registered voters through several campaigns. Environmental activism relative to cleaning up Long Island Sound and recycling and solid waste management, along with running a garden club at my last school for 20 years and continuing to work "in the school garden" as a recently retired teacher are some of my areas of commitment. The sense of responsibility for the my personal spiritual and intellectual growth, my dedication to my family, the environment, and our nation were imbued in me during my years at Preston. Every day I feel a sense of gratitude that I was allowed to have the Preston experience and I so hope that it will continue to influence the lives of young Bronx women the way it has mine.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the most dedicated women, mostly women, I had ever encountered. They literally gave their lives to us, their students, their 'children".

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

revitalize the facility, upgrade its infrastructure like the electrical system, the plumbing, the repairs to the old building that are needed, establish an endowment fund for scholarship assistance to anyone who is in need, expand travel opportunities...

Ways to make it better...

I knew at the time how valuable it would be for me.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

a physical plant in need of major upgrades, a student population that has the need for a great deal of scholarship support, and the economic stresses of the current times.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I love this place. It helped mold me into the person I became. I always smile when I think about that. It was a huge financial burden for my parents, but they bore it. That, too, makes me smile, with gratitude.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I graduated from PHS in 1961. My whole life has been colored by my four outstanding years at Preston.