Volunteering is in her blood

Weaver has been donating her time for 28 years

May 07, 2012|By JANET HEIM |
  • Cassandra Weaver, vice president of operations for Fahrney-Keedy Home & Village in Boonsboro, chairs the American Red Cross of Washington Countys board of directors.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

SMITHSBURG — When Cassandra Weaver was 12 years old, she and a friend started volunteering at Reeders Nursing Home in Boonsboro. She didn’t know then how that decision would shape her life and career.

“I’ve been volunteering 28 years. I did it and fell in love with it,” Weaver said.

Now vice president of operations for Fahrney-Keedy Home & Village in Boonsboro, where she has worked for five years, Weaver, 40, attributes her career path to those early experiences.

Weaver was 14 when she registered with the American Red Cross’ Youth Volunteer Program, which paired youth volunteers with local nursing homes. She now chairs the American Red Cross of Washington County’s board of directors.

She was recognized as 1986 Youth Volunteer of the Year for the Washington County Chapter of the American Red Cross.

“Volunteering — I did it for no other reason than because I loved it. I had a great foundation,” Weaver said, noting her parents were role models who stressed the importance of finishing what you start.

“I started and never stopped. It’s a part of me,” she said.

She was 15 when she was offered a paid job at Reeders.

Weaver, whose maiden name is Moser, graduated from Boonsboro High School in 1989. She and her husband, Darren, live in Smithsburg with their two children, Connor, 8, and Molly, 4.

Weaver volunteers at Connor’s school, Smithsburg Elementary, is team mom for her children’s sports teams, and is on the drama team and helps teach a class at Maugansville Bible Brethren Church. She just joined the Smithsburg Parks and Improvement Commission.

“I’m a mom first and foremost, a career woman and then comes my volunteer work. I have to balance it,” Weaver said.

She was 19 and living at home while taking classes at Hagerstown Junior College when she was asked to serve on the local Red Cross’ board of directors.

She said she had no idea what that meant and her parents, who were “overjoyed” by the honor, made sure the youngest of their three children understood the importance of the role. Weaver has served on various committees as a board member since.

After her 1992 graduation from Hagerstown Junior College, Weaver worked full time for Washington County’s Department of Social Services while working multiple part-time jobs and taking classes toward a bachelor’s degree. She received a degree in business administration from Frostburg State University in Hagerstown in 1999.

Weaver said as a youth volunteer, she loved seeing the smiles of the senior citizens she worked with and decided she wanted to be a licensed nursing home administrator, but instead works in nursing home human resources and operations.

She worked at Reeders Nursing Home for 20 years.

Weaver’s grandmother died before she was born and with her mother being a foster child, there weren’t many older members in her family.

She said the nursing home residents with whom she works “became an extension of my family.”

Weaver said her volunteer work has enhanced her career, and she credits her volunteer and career mentors.

“When you volunteer with no pay, out of the goodness of your heart, it makes you a different person,” she said.

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