Last week we wrote about how a sponsored event, as it has grown, can help bring some funeral homes to status as anchors in their communities. We also included in that discussion how service over time can accomplish the same thing. And, just yesterday we talked about how taking an interest in, or mentoring, someone can have a lasting impression on our profession.
Today, among our other afternoon edition stories, we bring you stories of two Northeast U.S. funeral directors who are making a difference in their communities.
The first is Jan Maloff of A. Dewitt Funeral Home in Syracuse, New York. He teams up with the Syracuse Police Department and Syracuse Teacher’s Association to collect bikes and then pair those bikes up with eligible individuals in the community. Last weekend they were collecting bikes and later in August they will be distributing them. We will keep you up to date on how it is going for them.
A second article will tell you about Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, funeral director Tim Houser. Houser was recently named an “Unsung Hero” of the community to go along with his 2019 Volunteer of the Year honor by the Ebensburg Mainstreet Partnership.
An interesting quote in the Houser article is attributed to Marjorie Moore and goes like this,”Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.”
It is no doubt that these two funeral directors want to live in great communities as evidenced by their volunteer hearts.
News from the world of Death Care:
- CNY Bike Giveaway changing things up this year. LocalSYR.com (NY)
- Unsung Hero: Ebensburg undertaker Tim Houser shares generous spirit with community. Altoona Mirror (PA)
- Wright retires after rewarding 47-year career at Grandview Cemetery. Salem News (OH)
- Forest lawn Cemetery lifts temporary bike restriction. WGRZ 2 – NBC – (NY)
- Brunswick Memorial Park and Funeral Home gifts grant. The Brunswick News (GA)
- County funeral director to lead PFDA. The Latrobe Bulletin. (PA)
- Batavia funeral director arrested after allegedly defrauding almost 100 customers. WGRZ 2 – NBC – (NY)