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What Madre Means to Me: Violeta Epstein

Over the holiday season, some of our long-time MADRE members have written to us telling us MADRE means to them. Violeta is the community service coordinator and lower school Spanish teacher at St. Hilda’s & St Hugh’s. It is her fourteenth year at the school. Violeta is originally from Argentina and grew up in New York. We’ve shared her thoughts with you below.

I learned about MADRE many years ago from a friend and colleague who had donated her late father’s belongings and medicine to MADRE. As the community service coordinator at my school, I am always searching for good organizations to partner with.  It is actually very hard to come across organizations interested in what I believe to be super useful and valuable items (used eyeglasses, shoes, clothing, books, furniture). In MADRE I not only found an outlet for all of these goods from my school, but I learned about an excellent organization that has become a long time friend. Who else could orchestrate helping me to empty three floors worth of school furniture in a single afternoon? Thanks to MADRE, my school was able to send desks and chairs and cabinets across the world for further use. Through MADRE’s website and newsletters I learned more about their endeavors and even my (then six year old) daughter got involved, raising funds for earthquake victims in Haiti. MADRE never says no to me or to my school and I will never say no to them! I am so grateful to have learned about such a perfect organization to partner with!