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Chatham County Outstanding Volunteer 2018 – Hilary Murray



Hilary Murray has been a paragon of volunteerism at Chatham Outreach Alliance (CORA) Food Pantry since 2008.  For the past decade, Hilary has functioned both as a regular volunteer and as a volunteer coordinator, often mentoring others in new volunteer roles.  She has been faithful in her service to CORA through a period of phenomenal transition and growth.  Today, she remains ever loyal to the organization and to the mission of creating a community without hunger.  


Hilary has been instrumental in the recruiting, training and recognition of hundreds of CORA volunteers. In the last five years alone, she has trained almost 250 new volunteers, holding orientation sessions on a monthly basis. Hilary is especially giving of her time – often adjusting her own schedule to accommodate the needs of others by schedule training or orientation sessions at times most convenient for prospective volunteers. She makes sure that everyone who expresses an interest in volunteering for CORA has the chance to learn more about this fantastic organization and how he or she may find their best fit as a volunteer. 


In addition to acting as volunteer coordinator, Hilary organizes “spruce up” days at the pantry so we can put our best foot forward for open houses and special events. In addition, she has volunteered in some capacity for almost every special event in the last seven years! Whether it’s recruiting other volunteers for an event, gathering homemade baked goods, soliciting gift items from local businesses for raffles and/or volunteer prizes – Hilary can always be counted upon to step up and help out! 


Hilary received the Chatham County Outstanding Volunteer award on May 3, 2018 at the Agricultural Center in Pittsboro. Thank you Hilary for all that you do for CORA.