Marie Kelly was honored for 45 years of service to Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina. Here are her reflections on her experience.

Marie Kelly quote1. What is your favorite part of your job at B&GH?

God has blessed me with good health so I could do my job well and help my family at home and at B&GH. Children have the opportunities to make their dreams come true here and continue in college and on their own.

One of my earliest memories as an employee was going around during the Christmas celebration in the cottages and seeing the children open presents. Many had never gotten a Christmas present before so seeing the sparkle in their eye as they got something so special is something I will always remember.

2. During your time at B&GH, what are some of the changes you have seen?

I have been through all the Presidents/CEOs except for Rube and Hester McCray. 

I went from doing mailings by hand to using a computer to outsourcing. We used to post donations on a 3 x 5 card in drawers. Now we post in the computer and print out acknowledgement letters. We went from a room full of mailing equipment to just computers and a printer. The department staff was cut down from 15 to now 2.

I appreciate the environment at B&GH that has provided so many opportunities for learning and growth. I’ve been able to go to Southeastern Community College, Wilmington, Fayetteville and even South Carolina to learn how to do new aspects of my job.

3. What makes B&GH special to you?

I feel like I have helped make a difference in so many children’s lives. I enjoy them returning to B&GH or their phone calls or emails about what’s going on in their lives now and how much B&GH helped them become the person they are today.

4. Any additional thoughts/comments?

I hope to be here a while longer. B&GH is my family. There are so many little things I have done over the years that you don’t think about until an event comes up or you are asked to reflect. It is all the little things behind the scenes that add up to making a true impact.