I think everybody should give back in some way. The desire to help others should come from their heart and not a reason to expect something in their pocket.
Marlene Bean works for the grocery store Big Y, a dedicated retail partner for the farm families of Cabot Creamery. In her 12 years there she has been awarded employee of the year twice. Yet it is not only her work that she is dedicated to, she spends much of her free time volunteering in her community.
Through Big Y, she participates in company volunteer efforts including Heart Association walks, fundraisers for inner city programs, and at local food banks.
In her free time, Marlene volunteers for the Josh Thibodeau Helping Hearts Foundation. Her close friend’s son passed away on the soccer field from an undetected heart condition and the foundation was created in his honor. Money raised through the foundation goes to scholarships for two deserving graduating seniors from the soccer program. Marlene is also working with the foundation to get automated external defibrillators and heart screenings in high schools.
She is also a dedicated volunteer and fundraiser for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. The event is a 24-hour team walk, to signify that cancer never sleeps.
“I have been doing the Relay for Life event for 12 years now,” said Marlene. “Big Y had a team and I joined because every person knows somebody who has been affect by cancer. My son and brother both battled cancer, so it really solidified my reason for supporting Relay for Life.”
Fundraising and planning for these annual events, as well as being an active member in her church take up much of her free time, but she knows time spent helping others is time well spent. She will be joined on the cruise by her husband Dennis.