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Making a difference

For Megan O'Donnell, volunteering is a fulfilling part of life.

With parents who were both honored as Baldwinsville's Volunteer of the Year in the past, it is no wonder O'Donnell has inherited a generous spirit and a commitment to her community. In addition to working a full-time job and volunteering time elsewhere, the Baldwinsville native also serves as president of the board for the Baldwinsville Volunteer Center.

The Baldwinsville Messenger recently interviewed O'Donnell to learn more about her and her involvement with the BVC.

How did you become involved with the BVC?

When I moved back to Baldwinsville in 2002, my mother and Jan Greco asked me to be a part of the Taste of Baldwinsville committee, the Volunteer Center's major fund-raising event. When a position on the board became available in 2003, Jan encouraged me to take on the position.

How long have you served on the BVC Board?

I am beginning my sixth and final year on the board this year. Each director on the Board serves for two-year terms, with a maximum of three consecutive terms.

Describe your experience with the BVC.

I have served in many capacities on the Board of the BVC, including chairing (or co-chairing) the Taste of Baldwinsville event for four years, serving as the chair of publicity and of fund development, as well as vice president and currently president. I have met a lot of exceptional, dedicated people serving on the board and have had many experiences that have been extremely fun and fulfilling.

What does the BVC mean to the community?

The Baldwinsville Volunteer Center is the only independent volunteer center in Onondaga County and we are 100 percent community funded. Our programs are completely run by volunteers and are available to those in need within the Baldwinsville School District. We have a program for high school students and adults to mentor children in the schools who are in need of a little extra support. We provide rides to seniors who have no transportation to medical appointments. We provide support throughout the holidays including the Christmas Bureau and Thanksgiving dinner baskets. We strive to fill the gap if there are unmet needs in the community that can be fulfilled through the work of volunteers.

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