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In 2006, Jeri Mazur and her husband attended a private party at the Barton House, which piqued her curiosity about the estate. Soon she was back for a tour to learn more, and this month’s volunteer in the spotlight was hooked. Docent training was just beginning, and she immediately enrolled.

Born and raised in Michigan, Jeri moved to Buffalo with her husband and two children in 1980. “We have always lived in the city, and I have loved every minute of it,” says Jeri. She served as a librarian with the Buffalo Public Schools and retired in 2006 – the same year she discovered the Martin House.

After completing her docent training, Jeri asked to join the Education Committee. Together, this group created our summer camp, a popular program with children and families. Looking for even more opportunities, she joined the docent training committee since teaching and mentoring are activities she thoroughly enjoys.

Over the holidays, Jeri also assisted the retail team with wrapping and packaging holiday purchases.

What has Jeri gained through her volunteer experiences? “The staff and volunteers are some of the most interesting and positive people I have ever met, and they bring great joy to me. Then add the guests from all over the world. They are curious, overwhelmed, and amazed by their visit.”

What Jeri feels is most important and brings her great gratification: seeing the effect that the restoration of the Martin House has had on Western New York. “The restoration has been a large force in the positive growth of Buffalo. I am proud to have played a small role in the resurgence of the city I love.”

Thank you to Jeri Mazur for her dedication – and willingness to help in any way she can – through the various roles she holds in the Martin House volunteer community.

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