THE MALDEN ADVOCATE - Friday, February 1, 2019 Page 11 DIRECTOR | FROM PAGE 3 that it can sometimes be diffi - cult working on the front lines of an organization devoted to helping people whose problems and needs are, for many, unimaginable, she seems incapable of slowing down. “There are sad stories, but what propels me is knowing we can help,” she said. Kelly is stepping into her new job at a critical time for Bread of Life. The organization, which each year serves about one million free meals and distributes well over half a million pounds of food to seniors, homeless families, isolated people and others in need, is in the midst of its Under One Roof capital campaign. Bread of Life has teamed up with Metro North Housing Corp. to build a new center that will house its food bank and a new kitchen and dining room to prepare and serve evening meals. The project will also include 14 low-income studio apartments, which will be managed by Metro North. Bread of Life has raised about half of the $2.9 million needed to cover its share of the project, and Kelly is committed to taking the organization over the fi nish line. “I’m ready and I’m looking forward to the challenge,” she said. Kelly hopes to put her years of working with diff erent people, organizations and businesses toward realizing Bread of Life’s goal. “The relationship piece is so important,” she said. “Making connections in the community is one of the most important roles I have.” She plans to raise awareness of Bread of Life’s day-to-day work and the essential services and support the organization provides. Reaching out to businesses with social responsibility and corporate giving programs are on her to-do list. She feels confi dent that donors, both large and small, will come through. “People are always willing to give,” she said. “People respond to the idea of others not having enough food.” While fundraising is a key component of Kelly’s new role, fi nancial contributions are not all she’s after. Bread of Life has than 500 people from 45 different organizations and faithbased groups who volunteer to serve meals, man food pantries in Malden and Everett and deliver groceries. “If you care and you want to do something, there are ample ways to volunteer,” she said, adding that she plans to talk to everyone interested in helping and match them with the right volunteer opportunity. “I hope to take the faithbased community’s involvement to another level,” she said. From her personal and professional experience, Kelly understands that volunteers at organizations like Bread of Life benefi t as much as the people they serve and support. “To me, when people have something tactile they can do to help, it’s an immediate impact and immediate satisfaction,” she said. From her lifelong connections to the Malden community, she knows people will step up when they understand what’s at stake. “The city of Malden sees a need and they respond,” she said. COMPLAINT | FROM PAGE 1 recording the meeting. Councillors objected and ended the meeting to seek a legal opinion about the recording. Rossetti explained to councillors that a person can’t behave in a way that frustrates or interrupts regular City Council business and then fi le a complaint that regular business, in this instance the approval of minutes from December, failed to occur. Although O’Malley initially dropped several vague suggestions that the City Council was involved in a cover-up of doctored meeting minutes, this week he recast the executive session conflict in a different light. He said that years of frustration over the City Council’s haphazard handling of executive session records led him into a confrontation to eff ect change. “I didn’t do this purposefully and I didn’t do it to make an example of the council president,” he said. “I did it because I believed it needed to be done.” O’Malley and other councillors agreed the best path forward is to continue fi ne-tuning the new executive session ordinance and to start reviewing a backlog of records to see what can be released to the public.                                                 WE WORK FOR YOU! * Have your car repaired by     * An I-CAR GOLD CLASS SHOP              for                                 1605 North Shore Road, Revere * 781-284-1200 Visit us at: www.AtlasAutobody.com or call (781) 284-1200 to schedule your appointment today!

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