Diane Anderson is one of FSW’s extraordinary volunteers. What makes her unusual is her extensive work in the many facets of FSW. Her initial connection to the agency was through her daughter, Elaina, who was a member of FSW’s Youth Council more than 13 years ago. Since then Diane has shared her skills, knowledge and human compassion with toddlers and parents in our Early Head Start program, youth in Big Brothers Big Sisters and Camp Success, families at Camp Viva and the staff in the Development Department. She is passionate about helping others, about making an impact on individuals. Diane knows how to engage children in learning through the joy of reading and creative play. Diane empowers low-income, struggling parents with resources that build self-esteem, enabling them to better provide for their children. And, using her professional experiences and extensive community connections, she devotes long days to creating dramatic and elegant galas and events that raise funds to support FSW programs.
The mother of three adult children, Diane has always been a volunteer and continues to give her time to many Westchester nonprofits including ArtsWestchester, The Child Abuse Prevention Center, the Association of Development Officers (ADO) and her church–Living Word Christian Church. She has held leadership roles in the Junior League of Central Westchester and Junior League of Westchester on the Sound; facilitated writing workshops with the Slater Center’s “Step Up Program;” and served as a home visitor in WJCS’s Parent Child Home Program. These volunteer roles have given Diane a clear sense of the needs in our community and the wide array of resources that are essential to changing lives for the better. Her gentle, dignified manner makes you feel confident in her words and actions. She is selfless in her determination to achieve her goals and knows the importance of being focused, impactful and tenacious. There is no door that Diane does not open to engage new friends for FSW or bring new resources. Diane lives the mission of FSW and understands so well the steps to making it possible.
Her elegance is always there–through her creative writing, her conversations and her imagination. FSW is enriched by her every day. She inspires us with her values, her work ethic and how she lives her life.