By Alisha McDarris
For Hometown News
MARTIN COUNTY -- The Library Foundation of Martin County inducted three new members last month to help fulfill their mission of acquiring and administering funds to enrich library services and facilities.
Christine DelVecchio, a private client adviser at U.S. Trust, Bank of America; Wesley R. Harvin II, Esq. of the law firm Harvin & Harvin; and Charles Cleaver, vice president and CFO at Martin Health Systems were all welcomed to the board at the foundation's annual meeting.
The local libraries are supported by local taxes, but those funds don't supply everything the libraries need, so the Foundation fills in the gaps with various fundraising projects.
Over the last 20 years the nonprofit has raised more than nine million dollars for the libraries in Martin County, a number Suzanne Horstman, executive director of the Library Foundation of Martin County, believes is a testament to how much the community loves their libraries.
The group organizes events like BookMania!, gives out the annual Kiplinger Literacy Award, and identifies sources of philanthropy in the community so the libraries in Martin County can receive upgrades and enhancements like new computers and capital improvements.
"We call it a public-private partnership," said Ms. Horstman.
These ambassadors to the library system each have a special interest in the programs and services offered by the library and all are passionate about what the library does.
"I want to do my best to support the already successful programs and plans," Mr. Harvin said. He is excited about participating in the tutoring programs at some of the branches, math and science in particular.
Ms. DelVecchio is looking forward to focusing on inviting parents and children to become more involved at the library, a mission she feels personally invested in with two kids of her own.
Mr. Cleaver plans to use his financial experience to help Martin County Libraries in any way he can, including continuing to advance library technologies.
"They will assist in making our library system even better," Ms. Horstman said.
"We have some really great libraries and we just want to get people there and involved," Ms. DelVecchio said.
They were recommended to the position by current board members who noticed that they stood out as leaders among the community.
Ms. Horstman said she and Priscilla Baldwin, president of the Library Foundation of Martin County, are thrilled with the appointments and can't wait to see what they do in their three-year terms.
"We hope they bring fresh ideas and new vision to the Library Foundation," Ms. Horstman said.
Literacy and STEM programs will be a focus in the coming months as Christine, Wesley and Charles get settled in to make the Martin County Library System the best it can be, because as the Foundation website states, "Libraries are more than books."