K. Marilyn Smith has volunteered with a number of organizations, many of them focused on helping children. The Community Coalition was joined by the county commissioners when presenting her with its award.
“She’s very tenacious in making sure our kids get the services they need,” said Stacy McCole, a member of the Community Coalition.
“She is an amazing force of good in our communities. Her work, her passion and her dedication to the residents of Franklin County is unmatched,” said Becky Greenawalt, coalition chairwoman.
Smith, 76, deserved the recognition because of her countless hours of work for young people, McCole said.
“The timing has to do with the fact, unfortunately, she’s been diagnosed with terminal cancer,” she said. “We wanted to take a moment to thank her while she’s still here.”
Smith said she was “flattered” by the Community Coalition honor.
“It’s very nice to know what people think of you,” she said, saying she was especially glad her daughter could attend the ceremony.
A former Waynesboro Area School Board member, Smith worked with organizations such as the Youth Aid Panel, Waynesboro Area YMCA, Rotary Club of Waynesboro, Franklin Learning Center, and Waynesboro Area Business, Education and Community Foundation. One of her primary focuses is Communities That Care, which educates parents about the risks of allowing underage drinking in their homes, fingerprints children, surveys youths about their perceptions of risky behaviors, and hosts events that give children opportunities to have fun without drugs or alcohol.
Smith said she hopes this week’s public recognition serves to spur more people to volunteer.
“Hopefully, it’ll bring someone forward to take my place. I just want to see this stuff to be kept up,” she said.