||Name: Peg Rubley
Favorite Charity: St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center
St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center offers health services to the uninsured and under-insured in Rochester, New York.
How did you discover this charity?
In the 1990s, I was working with some charities in and around Rochester, New York, and this organization had an amazing reputation. Its director, Sr. Chris Wagner, is a dynamo, and works tirelessly to get the community involved in SJNC. She and her staff have recruited doctors, nurses, dentists, massage therapists, mental health counselors to volunteer some of their time to this Center. In addition, medical residents from the famous University of Rochester/Strong Memorial Hospital also donate their time attending to the Center's clients.
If you ever need advice on how to operate a successful health clinic for those in your community, look no further.
What makes this your favorite charity?
Their relentless work for those in the community that need their services, and all the professionals they have recruited to make the Center a success. They treat their clients with dignity. They also have great fundraising ideas, and hold a successful Gala every year. I have donated my jewelry, painted glasses, and other items to their Silent Auction every year since 2004.
How is this charity connected to your jewelry-making or creative process?
Since 2004, I have been donating to St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center Silent Auction. Once I started donating to them, I had some requests from other charities. Each year, I try to add one more charity to donate my necklaces to for their Silent Auctions. In 2016, I donated about 100 of my necklaces for 14 different charities within the Rochester, NY area. It is a wonderful feeling to donate to these good causes and good people, and a way for me to use my talent for worthwhile causes. I am selective about which charities I donate to as I often try to concentrate on those that help women and children.
I feel blessed to be able to do this, and I am grateful to the volunteerism that exists in my community!