44 years of service to Next Door: Mary Conlon featured on “Positively Milwaukee”
A remarkable legacy of service came to an end recently at Next Door as Mary Conlon said goodbye after more than four decades with the agency. Mary’s last day at Next Door was at this year’s Walk for Children on May 20th. There were lots of well-wishes, bittersweet hugs and pictures taken with this Next Door veteran, who is now heading into retirement.
Mary first joined Next Door in 1971 as a VISTA volunteer in the AmeriCorps program. She served in the agency’s home visitation program, often riding her bike to see families with homemade games and activities to enjoy. Mary’s time as a volunteer sparked a passion for Next Door that grew into a full-time job overseeing the home visiting program. Mary later transitioned to the Development office where she worked up until her recent departure. She was known for her personal touches with donors and for creating meaningful activities to connect them with Next Door children. Her commitment and impact at Next Door were so strong, the agency dedicated a room in Mary’s honor at its Capitol Drive location. The second floor space is called the “Mary Conlon Legacy Room.”
Before Mary left, she shared her story with Today’s TMJ4 Anchor, Carole Meekins and her Positively Milwaukee series. Click here to watch the segment.