Edinboro’s Cynthia Kuhn was recently honored by the Mercy Center for Women as one of their 12 Women Making History for 2013. The following is excerpted from the evenings program.
Women Making History is celebrating its 21st year of honoring phenomenal women in our community. It first began from an organization known as Grass Roots Organization for Women. Mercy Center for Women continued the tradition of honoring
12 dynamic women with the hope that these women will inspire many others to follow their dreams and help others in need.
The women being honored were selected because of their demonstration of the following criteria:
1. Dedicated service in her neighborhood, workplace, or community
2. Honesty, integrity, and strong moral values
3. A commitment to women’s issues
4. The courage of her convictions
5. A commitment to personal growth and development
This years Dynamic Dozen include: Kelly Armor, Sonya Arrington, Christine Colao-Nickson, Colleen Hammon, Rose Horton, Jane Matheis Kirk, Cynthia Kuhn, Sr. Rosemary O’Brien, SSJ, Shawnta’ Pulliam, Kathy Schriefer, Pattie Stempka, Michele Wheaton
Cynthia Kuhn lives her life with joy – love of neighbor and community is the hallmark of her life. This love is visibly evident through the compassionate dedication she displays in her workplace, church and local school district. Cynthia is the director of Thrifty Threads, a retail thrift store established as a Social Concerns outreach of Our Lady of the Lake Roman Catholic Church in Edinboro.
She patiently manages a staff of 35 committed volunteers and numerous intermittent helpers. She routinely receives adolescent students and young adults requiring court-appointed service hours. She never exposes their mistakes, she supports their efforts to help, encourages their strengths and praises their successes.
With integrity and a firm moral base she remains sensitive to each volunteer’s unique personality and strengths, from the elderly woman of 93 who wants to volunteer to the single teenage mother that needs to volunteer.
Cynthia works closely with women’s advocacy groups including House of Hope, Safe Journeys and the Women’s Care Center; supporting their programs and meeting specific needs when required.
Cynthia is quick to say the success of Thrifty Threads is due to at least two different groups of people. First, the wonderful donors in the Edinboro area who drop off gently used items with the purpose of helping others.
Second is her amazing group of volunteers. There are at least 35 people who loyally work every single week sorting and hanging clothes. Cynthia says it takes roughly 170 man hours every week to keep the store going, and it couldn’t be done without her volunteers. She counts herself lucky to have these wonderful people in her life and thanks God for each of them every single day.
Congratulations to Cynthia and many thanks to all at Thrifty Threads for all you do for Edinboro and the surrounding communities.