CTC volunteer Margo Martin, 20, is a finalist for Young Nonprofit Professionals Network’s Edison Award. The Edison Award is awarded to an innovative and enthusiastic enrolled college student who has shown dedication to the nonprofit sector, a description which fits Martin to a T. Fellow volunteer Megan, who nominated her for the award, says, “I thought it was time someone other than her friends at CTC recognized her for her hard work.” The award ceremony takes place November 8th at the Van Andel Institute in Grand Rapids.
Volunteering during our summer pediatric therapy program, Therapy and Fun, since her middle school days, Margo dedicated her time and effort to helping the children with disabilities walk, talk, learn, and play. A volunteer from 2003 to 2009 (when she was hired on as the volunteer coordinator), she worked 139 days – which translates to 486.5 hours at an average of 3.5 hours per day! This has earned her several President’s Volunteer Service Awards.
Reflecting upon Margo’s service, CTC Assistant Director Terese Smith said “Margo is a high energy, take-charge kind of person who can capably handle any task. It is always a pleasure to work with her.” Others, such as fellow volunteer Matt Norris, thought that volunteering at Therapy and Fun was made more enjoyable by Margo’s enthusiasm and professionalism.
Upon her graduation from high school, Martin set off to continue her education at Washington University in St. Louis. Despite this relocation, Martin continues to assist CTC in what free time the busy college student can muster. “Margo is one of the most positive persons I’ve ever known!” said Linda Weaver, a tutor for children with learning differences and brain injury at CTC. “She is always willing to help with anything!” Margo is working towards bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and psychology with a minor in biology. Moved by her volunteer experiences with children with disabilities, her aim is to become either a physical therapist or a pediatric neurologist.
According to YNPN, the Edison Award honoree exemplifies what it takes to be an up-and-coming Young Nonprofit Professional. This can be through volunteer work, an internship, or simply being an incredible advocate for their organization and the sector. Stacy Blackwell of Grand Valley State University, Callista Cook of YWCA West Central Michigan/Safe Haven Ministries and Nicholas Popma of Save India’s Youth have also been nominated for the Edison Award.
Having watched Margo grow through her years of service, the staff of Comprehensive Therapy Center has high hopes for her. “Margo has been an incredible asset to the agency, and we’re excited to see her being recognized for her outstanding dedication,” Executive Director Jean Silbar said. “We really hope she wins the award. She’s earned it.”