"Building Communities"


Amy Brown

From Caring Matters, March 2017

Amy Brown has spent a lifetime building communities.  A lifelong resident of the Mon Valley, Amy spent much of her 30 year career in the housing and construction industry traveling to the Washington D.C. area during the week and returning to her home and family in Monongahela on the weekends.  

Today, she remains active and continues to build communities in a different way through her volunteer work in Monongahela and through her membership in the Women of Philanthropy Giving Circle (WOPGC).

Amy first became involved with volunteering through the Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources.  Through the years, she has performed nearly every volunteer job available including serving as a patient representative, volunteering in the gift shop, chairing the Membership Committee, training new volunteers, and making phone calls to follow-up with patients after they returned home.  Most recently, Amy joined the Partners in Health Care Committee at Mon Valley Hospital to support the various needs of the hospital.

A great-granddaughter of Civil War Veteran Captain William Catlin, Amy is an active member of the Ladies GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) Starkweather Circle 173 and the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Monongahela.  

She is also involved with many Mon Valley organizations including the Monongahela Area Revitalization Corporation, the Women’s Club of Monongahela, the Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce, the Monongahela Historical Society, and the Monongahela Senior Center where she regularly volunteers and serves meals to area seniors.

At the invitation of her dear friend, Gwen Simmons, Amy attended a WOPGC meeting in 2014 and felt right at home.  She prefers working behind the scenes, joining together with others to help people, and the camaraderie of working with other women in the group.  

She is a firm believer in the WOPGC’s mission to promote and facilitate local philanthropy to improve the quality of life in Washington County with a particular emphasis on supporting disadvantaged women and children.  With the WOPGC, Amy also found an opportunity to expand the scope of her volunteer work as the Giving Circle is the only “out of town” group in which she is currently involved. 

When asked what she enjoys most about reviewing the WOPGC and Mother’s Fund grant applications, she replied “I enjoy hearing how the charities will use the grant money and learning about the accomplishments and challenges faced by the local organizations.”  

The WOPGC schedules visits to Washington County charities throughout the year.  Recent visits included the Greater Washington County Food Bank and the Village of FPC, and plans are underway to meet with CASA for Kids representatives in the near future.  These visits help members of the Giving Circle understand the many needs in our area and help members like Amy Brown work together through WOPGC to build stronger communities.