WELLINGTON THE MAGAZINE – September 2022

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WELLINGTON

MAGGIE ZELLER

Awards 2022

Community Service And Helping Others Is A Way Of Life For Maggie Zeller STORY BY MIKE MAY

If community activist Maggie Zeller didn’t have a job, she’d spend even more time providing a helping hand.“I love giving back to the community and volunteering in Wellington,” Zeller said. “It’s my passion.” Zeller, 70, is an independent health insurance agent. Also known as “Medicare Maggie,” she works to make sure that seniors have the right Medicare coverage. “I want to make sure that seniors make the right decision on their Medicare policy,” Zeller said.“I’m passionate about our seniors. I’m one of them.” When Zeller is not at work,she’s busy providing assistance to those in need. “Growing up in Westchester County, New York, my mother was president of the Junior League,” Zeller recalled. “I remember attending meetings with her. As an adult, the first nonprofit I joined was the Junior League.” Today, Zeller is a board member of the Wellington Rotary Club, the Wellington Community Foundation and Back to Basics. One great thing about volunteering in Wellington is that organizations often work together. “We all work together as we help children and seniors,” Zeller said.“My role with the Wellington Rotary is to organize and coordinate all the community projects that Rotary does.” Three of the projects that the Rotary supports and Zeller helps coordinate are the Dictionary Project, the Angel Program and the Pay It Forward program. “With the Dictionary Project, we go to every public elementary school in Wellington and provide a free dictionary for every third-grade student,” Zeller said.“Every year, we distribute more than 2,500 dictionaries.”

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The Angel Program is a holiday program through Back to Basics for underprivileged children. “We give children in need a care package that includes new socks, sneakers, underwear and school uniforms,” Zeller said. “The Rotary and the Wellington Community Foundation support this holiday program by volunteering to purchase and wrap gifts.” The Rotary recently started a new program, Pay It Forward, which provides groceries for a number of families whose children attend the local Boys & Girls Club. “We helped more than 200 families with bags of groceries that contained rice, sugar, macaroni and cheese, pasta, sauce, canned goods and vouchers for food at Chick-fil-A,” Zeller said. Recently, Zeller participated in the Village of Wellington’s Back-to-School event. Backpacks and school supplies were provided by the Wellington Rotary and the Wellington Community Foundation. School uniforms were purchased by the foundation through Back to Basics. Zeller coordinated volunteers to make sure that the children who attended received what they needed for school. For Zeller, being a volunteer in Wellington is like being a part of a winning team. “I cannot do what I do without the support of the dedicated volunteers with both the Wellington Rotary and the Wellington Community Foundation,” she said. When not working for local seniors or the local community, Zeller enjoys spending time at the beach. “You can find me on the beach Sunday mornings, where I sit in my beach chair, read my book, and watch my two grandchildren ride the waves and play in the sand,” Zeller said.