Last summer Zealous Good team member, Laura, started a donor interview series on the blog. When Laura left, the interview series went with her. This summer we’re reviving and revamping Laura’s concept so you can get to know the people behind the donations. Today, we’re talking to Maryellen Mealey, a super donor who has donated, among other things, an inflatable bed to Rainbow House, an olympic weight bench, bar bell, and weight set to Friends of the Bessemer Bears, a deep fryer to Matthew House, and a George Foreman Grill to Chicago Lights.
1. Tell me about yourself/your job.
My name is Maryellen. I’ve been in Chicago for about 5 years now, transplanted from New York City. I moved to Chicago permanently after commuting here for a few years, and I’ve loved every single minute of it. I work as an Application Support Manager for a mid-size marketing agency. I work far too many hours but love the people I support, so it’s fun. Cooking and baking is a passion of mine and when I have more time on my hands I love feeding the people I work with. I also spend what free time is left volunteering at an animal shelter walking dogs and playing wth kitties.
2. How did you hear about Zealous Good?
There was a sign posted in the lobby of my building.
3. Why did you decide to use Zealous Good to donate your items?
I have a bunch of clutter that I wanted to clear out and most of it wasn’t throw out worthy. I hoped a charity would be able to benefit from it. I still have more clutter that I’ll be posting to the site soon.
4. What is your favorite part about Zealous Good?
How easy it was to use. I posted what I had available, and within a few hours, I was contacted by the charities that were interested. What was especially nice, was being able to see at a glance what the charity was about. And the fact that the charity was able to work around my schedule, to come pick up the items, was even better.
5. What’s your favorite spot to find peace and quiet in Chicago?
The lake front path near the golf course. It’s quiet and the water is peaceful, ideal for reading and solitude.
6. Who is your do gooder role model?
Paul Newman. I’ll never be that rich, but he did a lot of good in this world, and his good works still carry on after his death.
7. Deep dish or thin crust?
Thin crust, but the New Yorker in me insists that it be pie cut not square cut
If you have donated through Zealous Good and would like to answer 7 Good Questions email Ali at email@example.com! We love to hear good answers!