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Local woman honored for volunteer service to families

October 27, 2016

TILTON – Joy Moody volunteers at Greater Tilton Area Family Resource Center 40 hours per week, managing the thrift store, handling donations and coordinating volunteers. On Wednesday, New Hampshire Children’s Trust recognized Moody’s service by presenting her with the Lucy Fowlkes Breed Family Service Award.

“Everyone knows and loves ‘our Joy’,” said Michelle Lennon, Director of Greater Tilton Area Family Resource Center, who nominated Moody for the award. “Her love of families is genuine and so appreciated by all.”

Moody was instrumental in the founding and opening of the Greater Tilton Area Family Resource Center, a charitable, non-profit organization whose purpose is to strengthen and empower families by promoting health, well-being, and self-sufficiency through positive relationships, support, collaboration and education.

Since the opening of the Family Resource Center, Moody has enthusiastically supported families in whatever way she could. On top of her day-to-day duties, Moody also trains food pantry volunteers on the NH Foodbank software and transports families to appointments. She has also taken it upon herself to become trained in multiple in areas such as suicide prevention, addiction recovery and poverty reduction so as to be a better resource for families.

“Passionate volunteers like Joy are at the very core of family support,” said Julie Day, Strengthening Families Director at NH Children’s Trust. “We are so appreciative of the work she has done to strengthen families and build resilient communities.”

Every two years, NH Children’s Trust honors an outstanding direct service volunteer with the Lucy Fowlkes Breed Family Service Volunteer Award. The award celebrates an exceptional individual who volunteers for a New Hampshire nonprofit serving children and families.

The Lucy Fowlkes Breed Family Service Award was created in honor of Lucy Fowlkes Breed, of Hopkinton, upon her retirement from the NH Children’s Trust Board of Directors. Breed has been a dedicated volunteer in advocating for children and families. She served for more than 20 years as the facilitator of the New Parents Support Group at the Children’s Place and Parent Education Center in Concord.

NH Children's Trust, the New Hampshire chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America, is committed to eliminating child abuse and neglect by raising awareness and providing evidence-based education to child and family providers to implement strategies that help families thrive and strengthen communities in New Hampshire.