Hauppauge, NY – In honor of Women’s History Month, the Suffolk County Legislature hosted a luncheon on March 26th to acknowledge women throughout the County for their extraordinary service to their communities. Legislator William R. Spencer, MD was proud to recognize Greenlawn resident, Maria Ryan, as the 2019 “Woman of Distinction” in the 18th Legislative District.
Maria has been an active volunteer with multiple organizations and agencies throughout Huntington. For a number of years, she has coordinated an illness and bereavement support group and a respite program at her local parish, has served as a liaison for the volunteers at the Carillon Nursing Home where she is a Eucharistic Minister to the home-bound, and has participated with the Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative. As an active parent in the Harborfields School District PTA, Maria has worked to educate families on drug addiction, mediation, and techniques to help adults and students deal with life pressures. She has also volunteered with New Hour for Women, a program which helps incarcerated women assimilate back into the community, has assisted with establishing a countywide baby boutique, and was an organizer of a fundraiser for children with cancer.
“Maria’s dedication to helping others has no bounds. As a tireless advocate for those in need of support and assistance, she has worked to help the unemployed, the homeless, the ill, our youth, local families, and the elderly,” said Legislator Spencer. “It is truly a privilege to honor Maria for all that she does for so many.”