The most rewarding part of my job is getting to manage our Volunteer Citizen of the Year award program. I love reading nominations about individuals making a difference in the lives of others, without ever asking for anything in return. I especially enjoy getting to meet those wonderful people in person and being able to recognize them for their goodwill. Last night was no exception as we, along with Syracuse Media Group, honored our first ever Syracuse Volunteer Citizen of the Year winner, Meg Bogosian. Meg is a longtime volunteer for Francis House, a non-denominational home in the heart of Syracuse, NY that provides comfort, love and support to those with terminal illnesses. By winning the award, Meg receives a $1,000 cash prize and a $5,000 donation to Francis House from Direct Energy.
Do you know that sense of warmth and comfort you feel when you walk into your home? That’s exactly what its like when you walk into Francis House. For starters, its beautiful inside and out. The landscaping is filled with colorful flowers and foliage and every detail in the home, from the quilts to the decor, has meaning. I would be remiss if I did not mention how impeccably clean it is. It puts my own home to shame any day! Residents of Francis House can have their meals whenever they’d like, read a book by the fire or take a leisurely stroll outside in the gardens to the gazebo in the back yard. They say there’s no place like home but in Francis House’s case, there absolutely is.
Francis House would just be walls and a roof without its staff and volunteers, including Meg. They have an extremely difficult task at hand but they do it with a smile. I was able to see firsthand the rapport they have with some of their residents and it warmed my heart to watch them interact with each other, just like old friends.
At Meg’s award event, we had the pleasure of New York Senator John DeFrancisco and Assemblyman Al Stirpe’s attendance and both presented her with their own proclamations from the state. Everyone that spoke on Meg’s behalf showered her with kind words and gratitude for her dedication to Francis House for nearly 23 years. They even referred to her as the “Mother Teresa of Central New York.” I am always in awe of our Volunteer Citizen of the Year award winners and I know that I speak for everyone when I say that these people make the world a better place.
Congratulations again, Meg! You more than deserve this honor.
This post was written by Julie Hendry, Public Relations Specialist for Direct Energy in Pittsburgh, PA.