Cynthia Mingo: Spirit of Gainesville nominee
Published: Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 1:11 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 1:11 p.m.
Cynthia Mingo is a retired educator that spent 37 years in the classroom, mostly as a fourth-grade teacher. Cynthia volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House every Tuesday morning from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. helping families with critically ill children check in and out of the House, accepting donations from the public and answering the phones. She's volunteered with us since 2008.
Category: Community Service
About Cynthia Mingo
Occupation: Retired Educator
Spouse: Gerald W. Mingo
Children: Anne & Gerald Jr. Mingo
Civic involvement: AME Church of the 11th District, Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida, Alachua County Public Schools, Dr. MLK Brain Bowl & Spelling Bee
Cynthia also volunteers regularly with Idylwild Elementary School, where she works with students on writing skills and plans the school's Black History Month program. Cynthia also is a member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church of the 11th District and volunteers countless hours with youth programs at her church.
She also organizes the annual MLK Black History and Cultural Brain Bowl for middle and high school students as well as the annual fifth-grade spelling bee. In the past she was awarded the Service above Self Award by the Ronald McDonald House, where she volunteers at the front desk. Since Cynthia started volunteering with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida, she has gotten individuals, groups and businesses from the local community involved in volunteering with the agency.
Cynthia recently got the Florida Highway Patrol (Gainesville office) engaged in volunteering with the Ronald McDonald House. They helped with our Light a Luminary fundraiser last year, which Cynthia took the initiative to spearhead and sold approximately 180 luminaries with all the proceeds going to benefit families with critically ill children.
Cynthia has engaged the entire AME Church of the 11th District in our Visiting Chef Program where they purchase and prepare meals for approximately 50 people staying at the Ronald McDonald House. Whenever she sees that there is something that she can do to help families at the House, she jumps right in and gets it done.
Cynthia is a joy to work with and is eager to get others involved in volunteering. We are so grateful that she shares her time to make a difference for the children and families that we serve.
Submitted by Hanan K. Bilal
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