Meet Mark PaysonVolunteer, Capital Campaign Committee Member
From: Mansfeild, MA
If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?: Amazon Rainforest
College Major: Psychology
Favorite Sports Team: Washington Capitals
Favorite TV Show: Scorpion
Favorite Food: Tacos
Tell me about yourself.
I grew up in Brockton, Massachusetts. I went to Brockton High and graduated from Princeton in 1990, playing hockey as well. After college I returned home because I wanted to be with my family. I met a girl who lived two streets over and went to Stonehill and we got married. We now live in Mansfield and have three boys from college age down to middle school. All three boys play hockey. I worked in financial services for 25 years at various places and in the last two years or so I decided to change career paths to try something more in what I call the give back field.
Is this change in career paths what led you to start volunteering at My Brother’s Keeper?
At this point of my life I wanted to give back and my wife, Kerry, has been volunteering on and off at My Brother’s Keeper for about 20 years so she suggested I volunteer there as well. I have been at My Brother’s Keeper for a year now. Last winter I was at My Brother’s Keeper for the Christmas wrapping and deliveries. Volunteering one day a week turned into two days a week which turned into four to five days a week after Christmas doing furniture deliveries and pickups. I usually got to spend one of those days volunteering down at Dartmouth as well. I also joined the board of Trinity Catholic Academy in Brockton. This is the start of a new venture for me.
What are your interests outside of My Brother’s Keeper?
I like to coach hockey, vacation with my family and play a lot of golf. I guess golf is my passion now.
Do you have a memorable story from your time at My Brother’s Keeper?
Yes, I have a story from when I was doing deliveries with one of my sons in Fall River. This middle age Puerto Rican man named Wilfredo needed a fridge so we brought an enormous fridge over to his very small apartment and he was oh so thankful for it. He pulled us all around, grabbed our hands and said a prayer for us as much as we said a prayer for him. He made us feel really fulfilled. This delivery showed us that something we take for granted, as simple as a common living appliance like a fridge can mean so much to a person. It was also really powerful that I had this experience with my son. All of my sons have volunteered at My Brother’s Keeper and my wife gets the credit for bringing our whole family into it.
You have recently accepted a position on My Brother’s Keeper Capital Campaign Committee, what led you to do so?
Being asked to join the Capital Campaign was an honor and an easy decision for me. Ensuring the mission of My Brother's Keeper expands its footprint as well as builds sustainability for the future is so exciting to me. The new facility in Dartmouth is critical to this and many will benefit greatly including both the My Brother's Keeper community and the wonderful people we serve.
What keeps you coming back to My Brother’s Keeper?
I think there are a lot of places you can volunteer and feel like you are contributing to society but at My Brother’s Keeper I feel like I'm getting just as much in return because of the wonderful community. It is a consistent loving community. Whether you are in Easton or Dartmouth, you get the respect and the love and appreciation of those you serve but also those you serve with and it's wonderful.
Do you have an important lesson you have learned in your life so far?
The big lesson that has been enforced by My Brother’s Keeper is to be open to change and accepting of diversity.
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