Meet Mary Keough-AndersonA New Volunteer
From: North Easton
If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?: Our Lady of Lourdes, France, and Our Lady of Fatima
Favorite genre of music: Soft Rock and Country Pop
Favorite Movie: Gone With the Wind
Favorite celebrity Teddy Bruschi
Bucket list: Skydiving (checked off the list this year)
Favorite quote or book?
"For it is in giving that we receive"
– St. Francis of Assisi
Could you tell me a little about yourself and what lead you to where you are today?
I Grew up in Roslindale and then moved to North Easton about 20 years ago. I have a husband Gary who volunteers with me at My Brother's Keeper and I also have one daughter, Jennifer. I just recently retired from Liberty Mutual after working there for 34 years. I managed their meetings and conventions department, which allowed me to see the world and meet a lot of incredible people along the way.
What are your interests outside of My Brother's Keeper?
My true passion besides volunteering at My Brother's Keeper is mentoring. I was fortunate enough to work with Johnson and Wales to develop their first mentoring program last year. My mission around mentoring is helping students reach their potential, providing guidance to them and helping them make their dreams become a reality. This year I am mentoring two students, which I'm very excited about. I also lecture as Johnson and Wales for an Event Management class which I love. A hobby that both my husband and I share is riding Harley Davidsons. I also set up my own consulting business, where I do projects on the side.
You are a relatively new volunteer at My Brother's Keeper, when and why did you start volunteering? What keeps you coming back?
I started volunteering with my husband in June. One of the reasons that I decided to retire after a 34-year career with Liberty was to give back. I heard about My Brother's Keeper at my church, Immaculate Conception in Easton. The community and the way that I felt like part of the family on my first visit are what keep me coming back. When Beth took me inside to tour the facility for the first time, Noel Henry's "How Can I Keep from Singing" was playing. That was my mother's favorite song when she was alive. At that moment I looked at Beth and said there are no coincidences.
What is a memorable story you have from your time at My Brother's Keeper?
All of the deliveries are memorable, but one experience that stands out is the time my husband and I went to Dartmouth and helped with furniture pick-ups, which we had never done before. On the way to one of the pickup locations we saw an elderly man on the side of the road who was holding a sign that said "stop and shop." Dave, the Dartmouth staff member who was driving the truck, pulled over to ask the elderly man, named Bob, where he was going. Bob said that he was visiting a lady friend at the nursing home, so Dave offered to drive him there. Bob accepted the invitation and when we arrived at the nursing home Dave presented Bob with a crucifix and said God bless you. It totally made that guy's day. My Brother's Keeper is so much more than just delivering furniture and food; it's about treating every individual with dignity and respect.
What is your favorite part of My Brother's Keeper?
Being part of the furniture deliveries and seeing the hope on the people's faces when we give them the gift of the crucifix. I get emotional every time. The other part is getting everyone together after the deliveries and ending the day with a prayer of thanks and the Our Father. I always leave my Brother's Keeper with a smile on my face.
Do you have any advice for future volunteers?
Start with the furniture deliveries because it gives you a good understanding of the mission and the camaraderie that you develop with the other volunteers, students and staff. I enjoy all the laughs we have on the way.
Thank you, Mary, for making a difference
at My Brother’s Keeper!
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