Helping hands club
Volunteer Spotlight, February 2016
Gene Servillo - Life Board Member
Thank you, Gene, for your dedication to our mission!
February's Helping Hands Club inductee is Gene Servillo, Life Board member and 25 year volunteer.
Gene is proof that when you take action and work towards a goal, dedication does makes a difference.
28 years ago the Executive Director asked Gene to join the Board of Directors. Having worked at the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Gene had a good understanding of what The Harbour was trying to accomplish. He saw the problem they were facing and wanted to make an effort to be part of the solution. Almost three decades later Gene continues to support The Harbour.
"Volunteering started out as a good thing to do and that hasn’t changed. Doing good things is important and the Harbour maximizes whatever I do." -Gene
As an active member in the Evanston community, Gene makes it a priority to get involved and give back. Helping his community to move toward fairness and equality is one of many reasons he got involved with The Harbour. While serving on the Board of Directors, Gene helped create policies and procedures to help our youth become the best and most successful youth they could be. Through the work of the Board, The Harbour has seen many changes and additions to the program and organization turning it into what it is today.
"I know one of the things the agency is supposed to do is build self-esteem for the girls, but you do a good job with me, too. I’m very proud of my relationship with the Harbour." - Gene
Gene stepped down from the Board of Directors in 2002 and still stays just as engaged. Soon after stepping down from the Board he was appointed to the Life Board. Gene does what he can to take care of the organization which ranges from doing IT work in the office to attending events to keeping The Harbour connected to Evanston.
"My wife and I (and our children) recognize that our community moves forward toward fairness and justice only through the efforts of its citizens. When you volunteer, you have taken some responsibility for the outcomes you want. You’re not allowed to complain unless you’ve made an effort to be part of the solution." -Gene
Gene has done a wonderful job of being part of the solution for several decades. We are very grateful for all he has done and continues to do for us. Thank you Gene for 28 years of dedication and support!