Announcing our Volunteers of the Year!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Join us in honoring

Bridget Strama, Karen Trafton-Keruly, & Shannon Nickey

as our Volunteers of the Year!


On why they volunteer:

"My son was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. At this time, I was fortunate enough to have a sister who had worked with children with autism, but I lacked support aside from that. My mother discovered Pathfinders and it has become not only a source for information, but offered acceptance and understanding. I don't think I could possibly volunteer enough to give back all that I have gotten from Pathfinders, but I will continue to try. I am happy to consider Pathfinders as my autism family." Shannon

"I worked as a special education teacher for 20 years, many of those years before Parker was born and diagnosed. Since his diagnosis, my world view has changed. I want acceptance for him and all people, and try to teach my kids and others how to practice that. Pathfinders is an amazing resource for families of people with autism and I'm always proud to talk of my affiliation with it." Bridget

"I was recovering from surgery and had not been released to return to work. Since my grandson Parker’s diagnosis, I had been on the internet non-stop. I had heard that BJ had an organization, and I was a fan of his. So, I dropped in one day and asked if they could use my help as a volunteer. What a reception, and that day and for days after, I moved books into what is now the library/resource room. Then I was the on-call person in the evenings until my nursing job didn’t allow me the time. So, then, I was an events girl. Want to know how much I love this organization? I was up at 5am with Shelly picking up donuts for the 5k at the Zoo! Each event I work is a wonderful experience and over the years my base of knowledge has grown. I am so proud of the work that Pathfinders does in Maryland. Parker is my motivation, he is such a joy and I love being part of his inner circle. He has made such progress and his Mom and I love to celebrate the “little” monumental things he does. For me giving my time to an organization that raises awareness and educates communities about autism is a labor of love and I want to do it as long as I am able." – Karen




Pathfinders for Autism is grateful for all of our incredible volunteers

and the work they make possible. We are privileged to count people like

Bridget, Shannon, and Karen among our Pathfinders "family" and are excited

to honor their years of hard work improving the lives of people with autism!


Last year alone, our volunteers contributed nearly 1,000 hours of their time.

Join us in saying thank you to volunteers like Karen, Shannon, & Bridget, and

make a donation in their honor.

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