The rewards of volunteering help to keep you grounded. Volunteering gives you a sense of belonging to a community for the betterment of that community.
-May Gourrier French
May Gourrier French grew up in New Orleans the third of nine children. Her parents were committed volunteers and her brothers and sisters followed in their footsteps. For 25 years, May and her brothers volunteered with the Red Cross of New Orleans. Their focus was on Hurricane Disaster Relief Service where they manned the shelters for people who were displaced because of hurricanes.
May eventually moved to the Atlanta area where, at 73, she still works five days a week at SunTrust Bank. The company has an active volunteer program and in 2011, May found Georgia Public Broadcasting. There she volunteers her time helping with pledge drives as a telephone operator, quality control assistant, and other various leadership assignments.
“The rewards of volunteering help to keep me grounded and keep me going,” said May. “Volunteering gives you a sense of belonging to a community that comes together as an extended family to work for the betterment of the overall community,” says May. “Just do it! You will feel better about yourself knowing that what you did helped someone.”
The Atlanta Community Food Bank is truly an extraordinary organization. Every year, they work with more than 600 nonprofit partners—including food pantries, community kitchens, childcare centers, night shelters and senior centers—to distribute over 60 million meals to more than 755,000 people in 29 counties across metro Atlanta and north Georgia. They are a member of Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity.
May has belonged to religious and civic organizations over the years that thrive on community involvement and helping those in need. One of the things she enjoys most is spending time with her nieces and nephews. In her spare time, she does step aerobics, loves arts and crafts, baking and watching baseball. Her favorite cheese is Cabot Sharp Cheddar.
This will be May’s second Cabot Community Celebrity Cruise. She was first honored by Cabot with a cruise in 2017 on our trip to Alaska. We’re honored to have May join us again as a 2019 Community Celebrity Cruise alumnus. Joining May on the cruise will be her niece Lisa Gourrier Williams.