Meet the FoJFM Crew
Our outreach snowballed in just a few short months. In the beginning, we were helping 20 residents every other week. Now, we are consistently helping 50+ residents weekly with a team of more than 20 volunteers, sponsors, and donors.
The truth is, we COULD NOT do this without the help of our friends, sponsors, supporters, partners, and community! Our dream is to make this a well oiled machine. To make everything so plentiful that the residents never feel “forgotten” again. We cannot thank everyone enough – there just aren’t enough words.
Thank you for showing up. Thank you for your support. And thank you for helping us get to where we are today.
Gabe & Charlotte Pialto are two hard-workers who want the world to be a better place. They are raising two kids, Marie and Jesse, who they hope will always know the importance of helping others. The Pilato family is happy to be part of Friends of the Joseph Floyd Manor and look forward to continuing to provide for these special members of our community.
Charlotte currently serves as our board president, and Gabe is our treasurer.
Sara Kaczmarski is a former teacher, turned Boomer @boomtownroi. Her husband, Jason, still teaches and is a soldier in the Army National Guard. They have a beautiful two year old daughter and their lives have always revolved around service to others. Becoming a Boomer, opened the doors to service and community, that always seemed just out of reach. By meeting Nina and Charlotte, she has been able to help grow not only Giving Thursday, but Friends of Joseph Floyd Manor, into the amazing outreach group you see each week. She is SO honored and proud to be doing this work, and can’t wait for Jason to join during his Spring and Summer breaks from school. But, don’t worry, he helps a lot behind the scenes!
Sara currently serves as our board vice president.
Whitney Quick is a technical writer for a Department of Defense (DoD) contracting company in Charleston. She and her husband, George Gritten, have an adorable 7 year old son and live in the West Ashley area. As a former special education teacher and youth soccer coach, Whitney has always been pulled toward serving others.
After seeing a close friend’s (thanks Beth!) Facebook post one random Wednesday night in March, Whitney reached out to FoJFM about volunteering, showed up the next day for #GivingThursday, and the rest is history!
Whitney currently serves as the board secretary.
Travis Stoess is always there to pick up the slack and lend a helping hand. At times, he’s also been known to herd a few cats – with patience and grace.
I enjoy helping at JFM because I believe everyone in this world needs help at some point in their life from someone. Some of us are fortunate enough to have help readily accessible but many do not. Basic wants and needs are taken for granted by the vast majority. I think it’s important for those of us that have the means to make that help more readily accessible. Helping this community, whether it’s with your time, donations, a short conversation with a resident or even a smile, really can make a difference in their day or week…And unexpectedly I know it makes a difference in mine.
Annie Madren Young is a Charleston native who enjoys serving her community. With a background in marketing, Annie has a passion for learning people’s stories and making meaningful connections. After just one Thursday of volunteering at Joseph Floyd Manor, she was hooked. Each Giving Thursday brings an opportunity to chat with residents while serving them and Annie feels honored to be in their presence.
I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Matthew 25:31-40