Volunteer Recognition Corner
My name is Lena Hemenway and I was born and raised in Graniteville, Vermont along with my 3 sisters and 3 brothers. I graduated from Spaulding High School in Barre and started working for the State of Vermont out of high school. I took a two year hiatus when my daughters were born. Upon returning to State employment I found my nitch when I became employed with the Agency of Human Services, Social Welfare Department, with my last position as an Operations Director overseeing multiple district offices. I retired in March of 2017 after 35+ years of service. I decided to take a year off before figuring out what I wanted to do in my "next chapter of the book of life." I knew I did not want to go back to being an employee. When I saw the ad for volunteers in the local newspaper, I reached out to the Volunteer Director and started volunteering in October of 2018. I enjoy serving others in my role as a volunteer and working on small projects as needed. I enjoy being busy! While not volunteering, I enjoy spending time with my family. My husband and I have six children and nine grandchildren. While they do not all live nearby, we do get the pleasure of watching those that are near grow and participate in sports. During my other spare time, I enjoy reading, walking, listening to music and most recently learning to knit.
I was raised, schooled and found employment in New Haven, Connecticut. My first employment of any consequence started in 1966. In order to care for the emotionally needed and seriously disabled the state of Connecticut established Regional Centers throughout the state. These Centers provided care 24/7 for those in need. I was hired to be an aide for a residential unit which provided living quarters for children. This time was during my latter years in college. Upon graduation I found a high school teaching position. After two and one half years I left the Regional center and devoted the next 36 years of my life to teaching high school and college Mathematics. In 1973 I met my bride, Ann, also a math teacher. It wasn't long before we started our family. In 1981 we moved permanently to Bethlehem, NH to raise our five children. One of the best decisions we ever made. I would teach at Profile School for 19 years. I was also the Athletic Director for several years. Ann, my wife, secured a teaching position at Littleton High School for 18 years. In 2001 I started a new career as an insurance agent for Horace Mann Insurance Company, which works primarily with educators. I held that position for 17 years and retired. In 2002 my wife retired as well. Volunteering has seemed to bring me back to where it all started for me. The opportunity to help others while working with the finest collection of people at LRH is where I was meant to be. These volunteers have become my mentors, friends and colleagues. I am thankful for their companionship every day.