This week I had the privilege of interviewing Gene Martin, a NH man from Manchester who is spending his days helping others!
Gene has been giving back his entire life and started off paying it forward through his work with Boy Scouts and his church! Today he is very active with his alma mater, Plymouth State!
He is about to serve his second year as Chair of the Plymouth State University Alumni Association (PSUAA). It has been a passion of his to help raise money for scholarships for students who want to go to college but do not have the financial resources to do so. One of his favorite parts of volunteering with the PSUAA is helping recent alums make connections around the state so they can get jobs and stay in New Hampshire. Another group Gene has recently gotten involved with is the Concord Young Professionals Network, and he has enjoyed attending their events!
Gene is the Director of Development for Future In Sight. Future In Sight is dedicated to transforming the lives of those who are blind, visually impaired, and their families. They provide a range of services in education, rehabilitation, and social services to infants and toddlers, children (3-21), adults, and seniors. Services are personalized to meet clients’ needs — in the home, at work, at school, and in the community — and they don’t deny anyone based on their financial ability to pay. Gene got involved with the organization because his grandmother was legally blind and a client of the organization. She was a proud, independent person and living on her own was important to her – with the help of Future In Sight, she was able to live and thrive with sight loss. When he saw the opportunity to join the team he jumped at it! He knew if she was still alive she would be so happy that he was doing his best to make sure that Future In Sight continues to help people like her. In a way his grandmother’s legacy is helping those find what they need at Future In Sight!
Here are five things you should know!
- Future In Sight served 1,100 people last year and in the first six months of their fiscal year they have already served 1,300 which means they are on track to nearly double the number of clients they served last year.
- The CDC estimates there are over 30,000 people of all ages in New Hampshire who are blind or visually impaired and in need of these services and they have yet to be connected to this non profit.
- Future In Sight provides a range of services in education, rehabilitation, and social services to infants and toddlers, children (3-21), adults, and seniors that include counseling, peer support groups, occupational therapy, low vision services, vision rehabilitation therapy, orientation and mobility training, education services, and adaptive technology training.
- Future In Sight recently changed their name from NH Association for the Blind and has been around for 105 years.
- Check out their Success Stories page to see lives transformed!
Want to help and just don’t know how?! Well here is your chance!
To get involved and to make positive change:
You can visit the volunteer page to sign up to volunteer at their annual Walk for Sight event, join one of the advisory groups or various committees, or just spend some time visiting some of their clients who are seniors. Volunteers are helping babies, children, adults and seniors living with sight loss lead more active and fulfilling lives.
Want to know more?
Save the Date:
The 14th Annual Walk for Sight is on Saturday, June 3rd in Concord. It’s $20 to register. It’s the largest event of the year for this non profit and all proceeds from this event will be used to provide specialized statewide programs and services to their clients of all ages.
When asked why young professionals should give back, Gene said, “Find an organization or cause that you can make a difference in and reach out to someone to offer to help. Nonprofits are always looking for young professionals to be involved, maybe that’s not being a board member right away but ask to serve on an event committee or their marketing/communications committee. You’ll bring new ideas and energy to the cause and people should be happy to welcome your help.”
“Do not go where the path may lead: go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
There are so many wonderful people and agencies making a difference in our own back yards! If you would like us to feature your non profit agency or know of an amazing NH professional giving back like Gene email me at email@example.com.
We all can make positive change in our communities! It starts with us! Until next time – Do Good NH!!!