By John Anderson

At Wednesday’s Annual Breakfast Meeting of Auburn Youth & Family Services, two awards were presented to community leaders for their support of AYFS. Maureen Kennedy received the Auburn Children’s Friend Award which is given to a person who has had a major impact on the lives of children in Auburn through volunteerism at AYFS and other civic organizations.

The Ben Masterman Business Community Service Award was presented to Park ‘n Shop in Auburn. This award is given to a business that exemplifies the spirit of giving demonstrated by the late Ben Masterman and his company, Masterman’s. Gerry Kunkel from Park ‘n Shop was out of town so his son Scott accepted the award.

State Senator Michael Moore and Representative Paul Frost were on hand to give citations to the recipients from the Senate and House, respectively.

Wednesday was also the kick-off for the agency’s 2015 Annual Appeal. A goal of $50,000 has been set, and donations in any amount are graciously accepted. To help reach this and other goals, AYFS has put together a new strategic plan with the assistance of Maurice Boisvert, retired Executive Director of You, Inc.

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The four target areas of the plan are Financial sustainability with predictable income streams; Board of Directors development for future growth; Staff development to ensure continued quality of care; and Growth in program development to meet emerging community needs. While introducing the plan, Boisvert told the audience, “Doing this work is challenging, but it’s extremely rewarding as well.” “It’s about the unity in community.”

AYFS served 2989 clients in FY2015 using both the professional staff and 3,884 volunteer hours contributed by college interns, the Board of Directors, Advisory Board Members and other individuals from the community.

Officers for the next two years are Lynne B. Ellis, President; Ralph Capaldi, President-Elect; William Mahoney, Treasurer; Robert Moffatt, Secretary; and Joe Martin, Ex-Officio.