2021 CFAAC Annual Report - Report - Page 27
Volunteer of the Year: Townsend McNitt
When Townsend McNitt sees a need, she goes into action-mode.
A long-time volunteer at the Stanton Community Center and
Annapolis Elementary School, the strategic consultant and
dedicated education advocate has entrenched herself in the local
volunteer landscape, armed with knowledge and expert advice.
McNitt selflessly serves the needs of others, particularly through
her work to ensure no child goes hungry. She’s also a devoted
volunteer at The Light House Homeless Prevention Support
Center and St. Anne’s Parish.
Young Volunteer of the Year: Ryan O’Connor
Ryan O’Connor’s catalog of services and volunteer hours could
fill a book – and she’s only a teen. The prolific volunteer and
2021 Arundel High School valedictorian has made an indelible
impact on her community and beyond. During her young life,
O’Connor has successfully run programs and volunteered with
Happy Helpers for the Homeless, The Stanton Community
Center, Interact, Kenya Connect, and countless other school and
nonprofit organizations. Now attending college, she continues
her service to others.
Carol Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award: Larry Griffin
Larry Griffin founded We Care and Friends in 1992 after 28
years of drug addiction and two years of homelessness. Once
drug-free, he began to help addicts in Annapolis’ poorest
neighborhoods seek recovery – feeding them a meal, helping
them find a rehab facility, and even offering up his home.
Griffin is well known throughout the community for hosting
holiday dinners and helping the county’s children through
programs such as Box of Rain, which he co-founded. This award
is named in honor of the late Carol Thompson, CFAAC Founder
and first Executive Director.
Picture 4: Townsend McNitt, photo by David Trozzo Photography
Picture 5: Ryan O’Connor, courtesy photo
Picture 6: Larry Griffin, photo by David Trozzo Photography
Picture 7: Carol Thompson, CFAAC Founder