Last night the New Hampshire Children's Trust honored Goffstown resident Cindy Brenner as the winner of our 12th Annual Lucy Fowlkes Breed Family Service Award. This recognition is made annually for an outstanding volunteer who has provided direct service to families at a New Hampshire nonprofit.
Cindy was selected from an impressive group of candidates for her commitment to creating meaningful childhood memories for foster, adoptive, and kinship children in New Hampshire, and for being a dedicated member of her community.
As an active board member of FARE—Foster Adoptive Resource Exchange, Cindy serves as chair of the “Moments that Matter” special events program. She helps create “the best stuff childhood is made up” for foster, adoptive and kinship kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity for carefree moments of fun. Thanks to her hard work, children in the program can go on camping trips, wake up to a Christmas tree full of presents, or cut loose on a family field day. These kinds of moments remind children that they are seen, loved and cared for.
Cindy is also a board member of the Goffstown YMCA, and she serves as a volunteer for the International Order of the Rainbow Girls—a Masonic youth service organization that teaches leadership through community service. A friend of Cindy’s shared “You can’t be a parent in our community and not meet Cindy. From school events to a booth at the Goffstown Pumpkin Regatta to behind-the-scenes support, she is there, serving with joy.”
As a parent to five adoptive children, Cindy and her husband Ryan have opened their heart and their home to members of the adoption and foster community. She continues to inspire others in Goffstown to put children first, and to love them unconditionally.
Every year, New Hampshire Children’s Trust awards the Lucy Fowlkes Breed Family Service Volunteer Award. Candidates will have volunteered in direct service to families at a New Hampshire nonprofit that serves children or families. Volunteer work must have been done within the past two years. An in-person celebration will take place and a monetary award will be presented.
Lucy Fowlkes Breed served as a founding trustee on the Board of NH Children's Trust, dedicating fourteen years as a board member, eight of those years as board chair. Knowing there was a need in the community, Lucy also founded and was the volunteer facilitator of the “New Moms” group at the Children’s Place and Parent Education Center—a Family Resource Center in Concord.
“Cindy has a passion for the kids and families in New Hampshire, particularly those that have walked through really tough times.” – Lisa Duda, FARE Board President
Congrats Cindy and the Brenner Family!
Learn more at https://www.nhchildrenstrust.org