When Lauren Schleicher was only ten years old, she wrote an essay that appeared as a letter to the editor in the Jewish Journal. The essay was about her father – who was her hero because he was a volunteer for many different local organizations and causes, and because he gave back so much to the community. Lauren recalls with pride how both of her parents were "professional volunteers," serving on numerous boards and committees, including Cohen Hillel Academy, and leading JCC "Super Sunday" events. She remembers how she and her family would volunteer at My Brother’s Table, a soup kitchen in Lynn, and how as a teen, she babysat free of charge for a local family that could not afford a babysitter. "Both my parents were very philanthropic, not only with their money, but also with their time," she explains. "They were both my heroes and I'm thrilled to work in an environment where volunteerism is so highly valued."