Created: Monday, 26 September 2016 18:42
Written by Linda Freedenberg
At the September 26, 2016 Rotary Club of Harrisburg meeting, The Paxton Presbyterian Church will receive $1,000 and Shalom House will receive $500 after a volunteer from each organization received Rotary Club of Harrisburg’s “Service Above Self Award’’ for 2016.
Barbara Greenwood of Paxton Presbyterian and Marsha Fortney of Shalom House, a shelter for women and children, received the annual award this week during a lunch meeting of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg held at the Harrisburg Hilton.
“Every year our club is proud to recognize volunteers who give of themselves to make our community a better place,’’ said J. Stephen Feinour, Harrisburg Rotary president. “Barbara Greenwood and Marsha Fortney are making a positive impact in the lives of those they help.’’
Greenwood, a 28-year volunteer with the church is the force behind seven main projects that have galvanized hundreds of other volunteers throughout central Pennsylvania. Her projects include providing hand-made quilts for Harrisburg’s children which are distributed by the Downtown Daily Bread and a Santa Shop for intercity students allowing kids to “shop” for free among donated gifts for family member gifts. She also organized card projects in which volunteers send holiday cards to 5,000 soldiers as well as a Mother’s Day project enabling 2,000 soldiers overseas to send cards to their mothers and other family members. Greenwood also created a card project for women in Harrisburg’s shelters in which 30 women received message of love and hope from volunteers.
Fortney, a Shalom House volunteer for 25 years, has taken various leadership positions within the organization, which provides shelter for women and children. Most Sundays, Fortney can be found preparing her legendary pancakes and sausages for the shelter’s women and children. She spearheaded an annual theater event that has raised more than $300,000 for the shelter over 20 years. During Fortney’s career with M&T Bank, she created a strong relationship between the bank and the shelter, generating monetary contributions, in-kind support and volunteer involvement. She also started the annual Gift Wrapping Event that involves nearly 100 volunteers wrapping gifts and raises more than $6,000 annually.
Pictured left to right: Marsha Fortney, J. Steven Feinour, President Rotary Club of Harrisburg and Barbara Greenwood