by Ellie Reinhardt
Senior Mady Cannone has been named the Volunteer of the Year for the Arc of Union County, a non-profit organization that provides help and services to people with developmental disorders and their families, according to Cannone.
The Arc has had over 6 decades of service and has served over 1,000 people annually through all of its different programs, according to arcunion.org.
According to the Community Relations and Development Director at Arc, Ms. Debbie Dreher, there were over 200 volunteers of all ages working with the Arc in 2012. Mady worked directly with Dreher.
Said Dreher, “Mady is a role model to young people everywhere. An outcome oriented person, Mady is a person who follows through on projects no matter how large.”
Cannone has worked as a volunteer at the Arc since the summer of 2011. She helps in the main office and in organizing some of its events, including the annual Tricky Tray fundraiser of which Cannone was Chair of the Donations Fundraising Committee for this past year.
Cannone has also gone to work with the children at the Arc’s Kohler School, a private school for children with developmental delays and disabilities, according to arckohlerschool.org.
Working with people with disabilities has been a passion of Cannone’s for a long time. She has been helping teach a dance class for girls with disabilities at the Westfield School of Dance for the past five years. She got involved with the Arc because she wanted to do more to help the cause.
She said: “Working with the Arc these past few years has been so very rewarding. I could not have asked for a better group of individuals or a better cause to contribute to.”
Cannone will be recognized for her efforts at the forty-ninth annual Candlelight Ball at L’Affaire in Mountainside on March 23.