You may ask yourself why there's a picture of handbags above, rather than a picture of Mimi. There's a story behind this.
I met Mimi in April 2016, as the Engage Women's Group was preparing to sponsor a handbag drive for Bottomless Closet, a program that provides business attire to disadvantaged women returning to the workforce. Mimi was distributing flyers about the drive in the lobby of the JCC. When I put a call out for help delivering the hundreds of bags that were collected, Mimi responded immediately. We got to know each other when our car was stalled in Midtown traffic.
The other reason there's no picture is because, well, Mimi's shy. "You can do the spotlight on me," she said, "but promise me there will be no pictures."
Mimi and her husband, Steve, moved to Manhattan from Rockland County in June 2015 to shorten his commute to work. Eager to meet people and make new friends,
they both gravitated to JCC Manhattan. Steve is now as active in the Engage Men's Group as Mimi is in the Women's Group. Sometimes they volunteer together on opportunities such as DOROT Package Delivery.
In addition to the Women's Group and DOROT, where she also serves as a receptionist, Mimi regularly cooks for the BJ Homeless Shelter, drives cancer patients to their treatments, and recently joined the Volunteer Engagement team. She sets a high bar for service.
Mimi, thank you for all that you do.