Volunteer Spotlight: Barbara Mahar and Sharon Moran

Volunteers founded Hubbard House in 1976, and today our volunteers continue to serve a vital role in every aspect of the agency. Why are volunteers so important to Hubbard House? Volunteers contribute their time and energy, their ideas and their ideals. They increase our visibility in the community, expand our capacity to provide services, and send a strong message of caring to our clients.

It is because of the support and generosity given by Hubbard House volunteers and donors that we are able to provide services to more than 6,000 women, children, and men annually and ensure that their hope for peace, dreams of tomorrow, and strength for their children are not lost.

This volunteer spotlight focuses on Sharon Moran and Barbara Mahar, who maintain the Hubbard House career closet by collecting and organizing donations (clothes, shoes, bags, accessories) and assist residents in picking out appropriate outfits for court and/or job interviews.

Why did you decide to volunteer at Hubbard House?

Barbara: I feel that it is a way to give back in some small way. While I was not physically abused, my mother was.

Sharon: My second husband was verbally abusive. I feel giving back to this organization helps keep me grounded. There are so many people that have become involved by giving time, clothing and bags for the ladies – it is a great feeling to be able to help in some small way.

What made you get connected with Hubbard House?

Barbara: Hubbard House put in a request at my work for toiletries and business attire.

Sharon: When I worked for ATT American Transtech/Convergys they had a clothing drive. Barbara and I got involved with that clothing drive in 2006 and we both have been active ever since.

What has your volunteer experience with Hubbard House taught you?

Barbara: I’ve learned that things are not always as they seem, and not to judge too quickly. I’ve also learned that most everyone needs help at some time in their life.

Sharon: Things are not usually what they seem. So many times I think I have it all figured out and what a surprise when I have it all wrong. Keeping God first in my life and letting Him make the plans is difficult for me but always works out for the good.

If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities available at Hubbard House please visit www.hubbardhouse.org/help/volunteering/ or contact Tracy Knight at (904) 354-0076 ext. 251 or tknight@hubbardhouse.org.

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship please call the Hubbard House 24-hour domestic violence hot-line at (904) 354-3114 or (800) 500-1119. Hubbard House can help.

ABOUT HUBBARD HOUSE: Founded as the first domestic violence shelter in Florida in 1976, Hubbard House is a certified, comprehensive domestic violence center providing programs and services to more than 6,000 women, children, and men annually in Duval and Baker counties. While Hubbard House is most known for its emergency shelter, the agency also provides extensive adult and youth outreach services, school-based education, therapeutic childcare, batterers’ intervention programs, court advocacy and volunteer and community education opportunities. Visit http://www.hubbardhouse.org to learn more.


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