January Senior Profile: Jean Marin

Jean Marin and the word “volunteering” go hand-in-hand!

Volunteering is a service where an individual provides a service “to benefit another person, group or organization.” That is what Jean Marin provides for many.

Jean was born in California, grew up in Michigan, and has been in the Norwalk/Milan area for 10 years.  Jean grew up the oldest of six siblings, one sister & five brothers.

She was married for 21 years and had 5 children, 3 girls and 2 boys. She spent her whole life doing office work. Once her children started high school, Jean started volunteering and never looked back. She has spent her whole life helping others.

Jean has always had the philosophy to go above & beyond. She loves a challenge and to use her energy to help someone.

After the death of Jean’s husband, she learned that life changes too quickly. She sought out her college education and kept moving forward for the betterment of herself and others.

Jean knows someone always needs her help, or a bit of encouragement. She is always willing to make someone feel welcome at the Senior Center. Now, and throughout the years, you will find Jean volunteering as an Ambassador, Project Friend volunteer, behind the coffee bar, in the front office, with the children of Age Exchange, Homebound Seniors, and as our librarian.

Jean’s contributions are completely unselfish and so valuable to all of us. If you have ever stopped in and looked at our extensive library, it is alphabetized and always features a theme to be showcased. Jean is responsible for taking the time to do that for each and every one of you. Besides the countless hours she puts in at the Senior Center, she volunteers in and around the community. The United Fund, Food Bank, Rec Center, and Bennett Pointe are just examples of those organizations lucky enough to have been touched by her gracious time for the betterment of the community and others.

As we salute Jean and her commitment to volunteering, maybe the New Year is a great time to make a resolution for volunteerism? Thank you Jean Marin & Happy New Year to all!!