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May 172014
 
Andy Gerard - Photo Credit Social Palates

Andy Gerard – Photo Credit Social Palates

Salem Main Streets is pleased to continue with our Citizen of the Month feature!  The intent of this feature will be to spotlight individuals who are going above and beyond to make downtown Salem a great community in which to live, work, and play.  Hopefully, you’ll learn new ways that you can help as well.  This month we are spotlighting Andy Gerard, the volunteer mastermind behind the Salem YMCA‘s brand-new recording studio.

The son of a music teacher, music has always played a significant role in Andy’s life.  Andy first came to Massachusetts from New Jersey as an undergraduate  in sociology at UMASS-Amherst, where he continued to play a variety of instruments in addition to his classwork.  He went on to attend the School of Audio Engineering in New York City and worked at a number of recording studios while living in NYC.  Andy transitioned into software engineering after moving to the Boston area, where recording engineer positions are few and far between, but he maintains a small studio in his basement for his own projects.

When Andy originally found out about the Y’s hopes for a recording studio via Facebook, he thought that his background as a recording engineer might prove useful and offered to help.  He found that professional quote the Y had received was going to be too expensive to pull off and worked with them to develop a more achievable plan.  In addition to playing the role of consultant, Andy built and donated the computer that will serve as the central hub for the recording operation.  He hopes to continue helping as a teacher and engineer once the recording studio is truly up and running.

Andy volunteers for several other local causes, including Solarize Salem. He enjoys the ability to give something back, noting out that his wife City Councilor Beth Gerard’s love of volunteering often encourages by example.  Andy appreciates that the recording studio at the Y is truly a community project and points out that a recording gives students something tangible to walk away with to mark their accomplishments.  In addition to serving as an educational opportunity and creative outlet for students, the Y hopes that members of the Salem community will also begin using the recording studio as a resource.

Want to help support the YMCA’s recording studio?  Come to Ames Hall at the YMCA, One Sewall Street, TONIGHT (May 17) at 7:00 p.m. for a benefit concert with Soul Rebel Project, The Dejas, Qwill, and Kevin William Klein – specifically to support the Y’s music program and the new recording studio!  Tickets are $20 at the door with a cash bar.  Find more information here.

Do you know a good candidate for Citizen of the Month?  A neighbor, a colleague, a random do-gooder you’ve consistently noticed around town?  We want to hear about it!  Email Kylie at kylie@salemmainstreets.org with recommendations.

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Mar 242014
 

Hot on the heels of our first Business Spotlight, Salem Main Streets is pleased to introduce another new monthly feature – Citizen of the Month!  The intent of this feature will be to spotlight individuals who are going above and beyond to make Salem a great community in which to live, work, and play.  Hopefully, you’ll learn new ways that you can help as well.

This month we will spotlight not one, but TWO, citizens on the month – Stephanie Hagyard and Christian Haselgrove, co-founders of Salem Volunteers.

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Stephanie, a 9-year-resident of Salem working at a local mortgage company, and Christian, a 7-year-resident working in IT and medical research, actually met while volunteering.  The two had both signed up to volunteer at Salem Oktoberfest.  Christian was the only one to show up in lederhosen.  Clearly, this was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Skip ahead to 2013 – the two friends were volunteering together at the Salem Film Fest.  They started chatting about the lack of a central place for potential volunteers to learn about opportunities around town; Christian had only found out about volunteering at the Film Fest because Stephanie happened to mention it.  With that, Salem Volunteers was born.

Salem Volunteers strives to be a clearinghouse for volunteer opportunities around town.  While they do not physically match volunteers with organizations, Stephanie and Christian manage a website, a weekly newsletter, and an active Facebook profile to promote the many organizations and events in Salem looking for volunteer help.  All of this is accomplished on their own time and expense.

Both Stephanie and Christian are extremely active volunteers, explaining that volunteering is a great way to give back, share your passions, and connect with the community.  They’re two of Salem Main Streets’ most reliable volunteers – in the past year alone, one or both have volunteered to help at the Salem Arts Festival, the Salem Farmers Market, the Haunted Happenings info booth, and New Years Eve.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Stephanie and Christian yet, keep your eyes open at the next community event you attend.   Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself and ask how you can help, or email them at info@salemvolunteers.org now to get started!

Do you know a good candidate for Citizen of the Month?  A neighbor, a colleague, a random do-gooder you’ve consistently noticed around town?  We want to hear about it!  Email Kylie at kylie@salemmainstreets.org with recommendations.

 

 

 

 

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