Dedham resident wins volunteer award

July 15, 2012 by  

A Dedham woman has been honored for making life better for homeless children.

Diana Marrero, who has been associated with Schoen Family Community Children’s Center in nearby Dorchester for more than 13 years, recently received the 2012 Sue Heilman Award for Excellence. Marrero was presented with the prestigious volunteer award at a recent dinner in Boston for her work with the not-for-profit agency Horizons for Homeless Children. Award dinners are often fertile ground for print companies to print postcards or tent cards for not-for-profits to place on tables, promoting their work and helping to encourage donations.

In a statement issued to Massachusetts media by Horizons, an organization dedicated to building play structures for homeless children living in shelters, Marrero was heralded as a woman with positive energy. The release issued by Horizons communications team read:

“Diana is eager to learn and deepen her knowledge of child development and ‘best practices’.”

Marrero grew up in Puerto Rico, where she was active in helping needy youth in her community. She responded to the statement from Horizons by reiterating her desire to help families and to provide opportunities for children living in shelters. She said:

“I was inspired by one of my teachers in Puerto Rico. We [Horizons] not only help young families with food and shelter, but language and other skills and how they can help their children.”

Horizons for the Homeless Children began in 1988 and has built approximately 150 structures in playgrounds throughout New England with the help of more than 14,000 willing volunteers.