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National Volunteer Week 2022: Lea Brown

Lea Brown’s first job was as a summer assistant for her grandmother, who ran the Allegheny County chapter of Mental Health America, an advocacy agency for those living with mental illness. Lea’s grandmother introduced her early on to issues of equity and stigma, and the importance of serving all members of one’s community. From that very first work experience, Lea has pursued opportunities, both professional and as a volunteer, that allows her to actively connect with and support others.

Lea joined HEARTH’s Board of Directors in May 2021. HEARTH’s mission to serve homeless families especially resonated for Lea after months of working remotely from her apartment during the first year of the pandemic. Without a safe, stable place to live, how could poor, single moms navigate the many difficult demands of protecting their families during times of personal and community-level crisis?

As a Board member, Lea is especially interested in strengthening HEARTH’s name recognition and accessibility when families in need are searching for help. In addition, she loves the stories families share about their journeys and wants to promote their powerful communication.

Thank you, Lea, for your commitment to HEARTH’s mission and programming!