Julie Shay of Severna Park uses her vast network of volunteers to help others while keeping recycling a priority.

“Getting an email alert from Julie Shay tells the story of her work in the community. On a daily basis she lists community needs: volunteers, donations, available recycled items, groceries for the needy, medicines or a lost pet.

“The petite brunette is the hub for connecting those in need by reaching out to an ever-growing network of people.

“Changing the views of what is considered waste and what can easily be recycled into something useful to those in need is a full-time job for the Severna Park resident. You could say she considers herself a fanatic on stopping what she calls “the waste stream.”

“Shay is a matchmaker of a different sort. Describing herself as someone who “finds homes for things,” she is an expert at connecting with what finds her—like bags of groceries (often left on her porch), clothing, books, ice packs, sports equipment, medicines for third world countries, lost pets and more—to someone who needs it.”

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