Auburn Youth and Family Services is likely the best-known social services agency in town. The lives they impact is a good reason why.
In 2018, 857 residents benefited from counseling service; 353 families received food from the pantry around the holidays; and nearly 100 children participated in after school and summer programs. The official client count is 2,695, or roughly one out of six Auburn Residents.
All of this was done with a small paid staff supplemented by 3,943 volunteer hours from college interns, board members and community volunteers. Their budget is just over $315,000 and much is raised through their annual appeal and the Dancing With The Stars fundraiser. The Town of Auburn also budgets about $120,000 to the organization.
After some introductions at last Wednesday’s Annual Meeting, incoming President Scott Wrenn made a very special announcement. The Auburn Board of Selectmen voted to name the organization’s building at 21 Pheasant Court after Executive Director Sally D. D’Arcangelo. From this point forward, it will be known as the Sally D’Arcangelo Center for Auburn Youth & Family Services.
Naming a public building is not a simple process since a public hearing and a televised vote had to occur. Fortunately, an AYFS activity at the same time as the Select Board meeting provided a distraction, and D’Arcangelo was totally surprised and humbled. She also is not an Auburn resident, so the chances of watching a replay were minimal. Sally has been with the agency for 30 years, and she is considered by many to be the cornerstone of the AYFS.
This year’s Annual Auburn Children’s Friend Award was presented to Bill Mahoney who has been a long-time board member and treasurer for AYFS. His background in banking has been a great fit for the organization, and he is highly respected for his commitment to the community and the children who live here.
The Children’s Friend Award recognizes those people who fulfill a large role in the lives of children in Auburn. They have committed many hours to AYFS to improve the quality of life for children all backgrounds.
The Seventh Annual AYFS Ben Masterman Business Community Service Award was given to Paul and Anne McCoy of McCoy’s Action Karate. The award is given to a business that exemplifies the spirit of giving demonstrated by the late Ben Masterman and his company.
After suffering a traumatic brain injury in a bicycling accident, Karate was suggested as an outlet for Paul McCoy, and he credits his wife and daughter for developing the business which has positively impacted over 20,000 children in the Auburn community.
People like Sally, Bill, Paul and Anne don’t do what they do to get a plaque or other accolades, but it is great to see them recognized appropriately. Congratulations to all!