Not satisfied with extending herself at work, Robillard volunteers as secretary for the Lawrence district of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, and she spent six years as president of the charity's chapter at Immaculate Conception in Newburyport. She still volunteers at the church on weekends, running Sunday morning coffee socials and serving in a group that helps the needy. Recently, Robillard provided emergency clothing and shelter from her own pocket to a homeless woman, brought to the church by police, until a place for her was found at a Haverhill shelter.
For 40 years, Miles Herter has been a driving force behind programs to prevent drug abuse. He has served as a trustee for FCD (Freedom from Chemical Dependency) Educational Services since 1981, helping it expand from assisting families of alcoholics to educating youths on how to avoid substance abuse. Herter led a 2002 capital campaign that raised $1 million for FCD, allowing the nonprofit to acquire permanent facilities in Newton.
Herter, a Manchester resident, has also served on the board of CAB Health and Recovery Services, a Danvers-based nonprofit that works with men, women and adolescents to treat and prevent substance abuse. Among many efforts on CAB's behalf, Herter led its 1996 capital campaign, which allowed them to build a detoxification center. Northeast Health System and CAB Health & Recovery Services recently established an endowed fund in his name, "Go Miles for the Kids," to support adolescent addiction treatment services.
Rick Doucette has been mentoring teenagers in Gloucester and Cape Ann for 28 years. As executive director of the Cape Ann YMCA teen and camping services, he leads activities that challenge and entertain the young. But his concern for their well-being extends to counseling teens with a range of problems, from homelessness to a simple lack of direction.