Mary Schilli may not technically be on staff at Council for Children’s Rights, but she certainly is part of the workplace family.
For the past five years, Mary has served as the volunteer coordinator at CFCR. In that role, she manages over 200 volunteers for the Custody Advocacy Program (CAP), which provides legal representation to Mecklenburg County children caught in the middle of difficult custody cases. That takes a lot of coordination and attention to detail. But that’s only part of the scope of her work. In addition, she organizes the CAP trainings for approximately 40-50 new volunteers each year.
It is a lot of work, important work and she does it all for no paycheck. But according to Mary, the money doesn’t matter. Her reward comes from working with dedicated CFCR staff and volunteers who care only about the welfare of children.
“I feel like it is a privilege to work with these people who are so dedicated and tireless,” Mary said. “The work is very time consuming and emotionally gut-wrenching because the circumstances of custody cases are difficult. But the staff and volunteers are willing to take on the work, and as soon as one case closes, they are ready to take on another.”
Shantrell Williams, Director of Custody Advocacy, describes Mary as the “volunteer of volunteers.”
“She gives herself so freely to help us advance Council for Children’s Rights’ mission to stand up for every child’s right to be safe, healthy and educated,” Shantrell said. “The CAP team could not do what we do without her.”
We say it often, but perhaps not often enough: CFCR volunteers are the heart and heartbeat of the work we do. Mary Schilli represents the best of those efforts and for that, and for her, we are most grateful.
A FEW FUN FACTS ABOUT MARY:
- SHE IS A FORMER ATTORNEY WHO PRACTICED IN MISSOURI.
- SHE LOVES HER HUSBAND AND TWO CHILDREN.
- SHE ENJOYS RUNNING.
- SHE IS A MEMBER OF A BOOK CLUB, WHICH IS WHERE SHE LEARNED ABOUT CFCR.