Volunteer of the Month

martha_manganMartha Mangan

Born: October 19, 1929, age 84 in Springfield MO. Grew up listening to Glenn Miller and Louis Armstrong, watched Gone with the Wind in high school multiple times with her mother

Favorite color: green

Education: BA from the University of Missouri in 1952, and MBA from San Jose State in 1973. Taught in Santa Cruz County, ending her career with the Natural Bridges Elementary 6th grade.

I married a physician who joined the service after college. We moved to San Diego, then Pensacola, Japan for two years, then Ukiah, and finally to Aptos. I have 4 children, 5 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, 3 chickens, a dog (Yo) and a cat (Desi).

On recycling: As a school teacher I saw a lot of waste, especially with paper. So I began collecting paper and recycling it at Grey Bears. They had a big container right in front of the office back then.

Thrift Store: It always makes us laugh when customers ask if we offer a senior discount.

Inspiration: One of my favorite people was Pat Nichols, who volunteered for years. She was so friendly, so helpful and positive – and was so supportive of Grey Bears.

On volunteering: I firmly believe in the Brown Bag program and recycling – it’s what brought me here. I’ve also gleaned and worked on the bagging line. My dear friend, Ozie Smith, asked me to help with the first rummage sale, which became the thrift store. I’ve been volunteering there ever since, now on Thursdays. I have so many friends who are customers, they make me feel so good. I also volunteered with Sister Cities Program for 15 years and have visited all six of Santa Cruz’s sister cities.

Best thing about growing older: I get to do whatever I want, and I’m so grateful for my family, friends, and for my good health.