Adrienne Mason, a St. Paul Highland Park resident, was recognized as an Unsung Hero at United Way of Minneapolis Area’s Annual Recognition and Awards Luncheon held March 14 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
Mason has been a United Way volunteer for eight years. This has included reviewing grant requests; making funding recommendations; giving speeches; serving as co-chair on the committee for supporting older people; and working on a strategic plan for respecting diversity and ending discrimination.
At first, Mason didn’t realize the immeasurable value of her volunteer contributions, “I’ve learned I make a difference as a woman of color and as a woman with a disability. I speak from my soul and I’m on a roll – both literally and figuratively,” she said, noting her use of her wheelchair. Mason believes everyone has a responsibility to give back.
Mason also serves on Xcel Energy’s Community Advisory Panel, on the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches HandiWorks Advisory Board, and as a Metropolitan Center for Independent Living volunteer. She also teaches disability awareness for Courage Center, and encourages youth to consider careers in occupational therapy.