Why I Volunteer: Marcia Speiser

Marcia Speiser: Why I Volunteer

Marcia Speiser

Q: How did you learn about Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services?
A: My oldest memory of PCHAS was as a very young child about 70 years ago! I remember giving and wrapping gifts and placing them under a Christmas tree at Richmond Heights Presbyterian Church in Richmond Heights, MO on many Christmas Eve nights during the 1940’s. The gifts were for the children at Farmington Children’s Home in Farmington, Missouri. The home was an orphanage at that time. These gifts were given from the church. I was married 54 years ago at that church. It was a very big part of my childhood and adulthood.

Q: How long have you been serving in this ministry and in what capacity?
A: I have been involved in the ministry since I was a child. As an adult I became more involved beginning in the 1990’s when I became leader of a group called Service Circle 6 at Bonhomme Presbyterian Church in Chesterfield, Missouri. As part of the service work of Circle 6, we participate in a Christmas Giving Tree project. We collect 250 gifts for needy women and children in the St. Louis area. More than 100 of the gifts each Christmas are donated to Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services. Bonhomme Mission Ministry supports PCHAS and my husband Terry and I have made financial contributions to PCHAS on a yearly basis for many years.

Q: What makes you passionate about this organization?
A: I am retired now, but for many years I taught children with learning disabilities, behavior disorders, and mental retardation. Many children in our state need our help and they deserve our love and support so that they can grow and thrive. Even the most troubled children can be successful when given Christian love and professional care.

Q: Of the other charities that you have been associated with, is there anything about PCHAS that sets it apart or holds a special place in your heart?
A: This organization holds a special place in my heart because of its employees. They are passionate about helping children. They have helped to light my passion with stories about the lives of the children PCHAS serves.