The Spirit of Volunteerism: Direct Service Volunteerism Everwell + Impact Fairfield County are partnering for a 2021 series called The Spirit of Volunteerism, which will be a series of lunchtime programs that include a combination of inspiration from distinguished volunteers, education from field experts in the nonprofit sector and space to connect + network with fellow volunteers + charitable givers.

This Direct Service Volunteerism program will be featuring Mary Sommer as our Distinguished Volunteer, and Barbara McLaughlin as our Field Expert.

This program's inspiration will be brought to us by Mary Sommer, who was appointed a Superior Court Judge for the State of Connecticut in 2008 and is well-known for her passion on children’s mental health and legal rights, education and public/private initiatives. Mary serves on advisory boards for child advocacy programs, juvenile justice activities and prison literacy programs, she has been a Board member and prominent supporter of the Child Guidance Center, past president of the board at King & Low Heywood Thomas School, and currently serves on the boards of Connecticut Appleseed Foundation for Law and Justice, Fairfield County Bar Foundation, Ferguson Library Foundation, Hope for Haiti, Inc., and is a trustee of the College of New Rochelle. Mary is also on the board of Building One Community, and is active in the Stamford Stands Against Racism movement. Mary is going to lead off this gathering with her inspirational story and why she is so committed to direct service volunteerism.

This program's education will be led by Barbara McLaughlin, who is the Director of Early Childhood at Westchester Community Opportunity Program. Previously, she was the Manager of Volunteers and Early Education Programs at Kids In Crisis. Her experience working with volunteers spans across three agencies and over 10 years. Barbara has a B.A. in Political Science from Binghamton University and a J.D. from Albany Law School.

$10 for members of Everwell OR Impact
$25 for non-members

All net proceeds will be donated to the charity of Mary Sommer's choice.

**Zoom meeting link will be included in your emailed ticket confirmation.

In the event that you must cancel your reservation, tickets are non-refundable 24 hours prior to the event. Please email for all cancellation requests.

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