“We want to be sure the Center’s work goes on long after we’re no longer here.”

It was September 2000 when Marilyn and Richie Finkel walked into the Center for the first time and became Tuesday morning volunteers. Like clockwork they came, week after week performing the myriad of essential tasks.

Our Volunteers' Legacy

Richie and Marilyn Finkel

RandM Finkel SK2 smallNothing was too small or too hard for the Finkels. Marilyn’s voice became the voice of the Center as outreach by phone was an area of her expertise.  And Richie was master in producing the many copies of materials needed for mailings and workshops.  Their camaraderie and good humor gave the Tuesday team a personality all its own, until it grew to our most crowded morning of volunteers.  Everyone loved working with the Finkels.

 For Marilyn and Richie, the Center was a place deserving of their time and energy because its mission echoes the values by which they lived: respect for all. They were the unofficial welcomers to each new volunteer, student or visitor. They made sure that the ambience of the volunteer work area each Tuesday morning was upbeat and accepting.

I remember when Marilyn and Richie told me that they had designated a bequest to the Center:

 “We want to be sure the Center’s work goes on long after we’re no longer here. It’s urgent; it must continue. We want to see that it does.”

We all hoped it would be many years before their bequest came to the Center. It was some, but not nearly enough.  In February 2011 Marilyn and Richie died within 10 days of each other, each from complications related to their individual battles with cancer.  It is a great loss to so many, especially their friends at the Center. We miss them terribly.

But memories of Marilyn and Richie are a mainstay topic at the Center.  And their work and the values they brought with them and shared here will continue for many years through their bequest.

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