Neighbor to Neighbor grows staff

From left, Jean Davis-French, Nancy Coughlin, and Pamela Talgo, all new Neighbor to Neighbor staff, stand together, ready to assist the community.

From left, Jean Davis-French, Nancy Coughlin, and Pamela Talgo, all new Neighbor to Neighbor staff, stand together, ready to assist the community.

With a growing need for food and clothing donations in the community, Neighbor to Neighbor food pantry has added a part-time position to its staff.

The organization has seen a sustained 55% increase in demand for services since the start of the economic downturn in 2008. Neighbor to Neighbor receives no government funding for its operations and relies heavily on food donated by the community to stock its food pantry shelves.

In order to continue offering these services to

residents of Greenwich, Stamford and Port Chester N.Y., Neighbor to Neighbor has hired part-timer Pamela M. Talgo of West Harrison, N.Y. for the newly created position of operations coordinator.

In addition to overseeing Neighbor’s robust volunteer program, which involves the support and training of more than 150 committed volunteers, Ms. Talgo will work to increase the number and scope of food drives in the community.

She holds a masters in physical education as well as a law degree, and currently sits on the Board of Directors of My Sister’s Place, a shelter for battered women located in White Plains, N.Y.

Also recently joining Neighbor to Neighbor is Norwalk resident Jean Davis-French. Ms. Davis-French brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her role as an administrator.

Ms. Davis-French received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and has a diverse background that includes extensive experience in human resources and administrative support in both corporate and nonprofit environments.

She will oversee all aspects of Neighbor’s day to day administration.

Both women join newly-appointed Executive Director Nancy Coughlin. Ms. Coughlin, a Darien resident, worked most recently as the interim executive director of the YWCA Darien/Norwalk.

She began her new role at Neighbor to Neighbor on Oct. 1, taking over for interim co-Executive Directors Wendy Blumenthal and Jody Breakell.

“Starting just before Hurricane Sandy and the busy Thanksgiving season was trial by fire,” Ms. Coughlin said. “But I wouldn’t have it any other way. Neighbor to Neighbor is a unique and resilient organization. Our committed volunteers and Board of Directors are tireless in their efforts to ensure we provide the best service to our clients we can. I am very proud to be a part of Neighbor to Neighbor.”

If you would like to donate time, food or clothing to Neighbor to Neighbor, visit N-to-N.org.

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