Economic Opportunity Authority of Savannah Chatham County is pleased to announce that Martha F. McCullough was a recent recipient of the 2013 Wilbur P. Jones Humanitarian award given by the Georgia Community Action Association. The Wilbur P. Jones award is given annually to a person who embodies the spirit, and commitment of Wilbur P. Jones a respected community activist.
EOA of Savannah nominated McCullough for this award based on years of service to the agency. Mc- Cullough served faithfully on the EOA Board for over twenty-three years. Serving in various capacities from secretary to program committee chairperson. As secretary, she handled the responsibility of signing hundreds of checks each month for the Payee Program, a program where EOA manages the finances, which includes bill paying, for over 100 clients each month. McCullough would also take the time to add cheer to the EOA Boardroom by decorating the Boardroom each month to coincide with the different seasons or holidays. Being a part of the EOA board was a commitment she handled with passion and zest. On a moment’s notice you could count on her to come to EOA to sign checks or attend an urgent meeting. McCullough continues to support EOA by volunteering with the agency’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program where she volunteers her time participating in the Telephone Reassurance Program. She has provided calls to homebound seniors since May 2001.
McCullough taught primary grades from 1951 – 1981. McCullough retired from teaching after 30 years; however, she felt she still had many more contributions to make to our community. She pondered how she could continue making a difference in the community she loved. Her answer to this question came while she was attending a Liberty City Community Association meeting where she had been a resident since 1975. The Liberty City Community Association was looking for someone to be a part of the Economic Opportunity Authority’s Board of Directors and one of the things stressed was that EOA was the sponsor of the local Head Start program. This was her inroad in playing an additional part in enriching the lives of children.
Not only is Mc- Cullough active in civic duties in her community, she is also an active member of her church, First Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, where she serves as a Deaconess and a member of the local arm of the Congress of Christian Education, the Berean Association. In addition to this, she volunteers at Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire and is an active member of the Chatham Association of Retired Educators. The works and accomplishments she has made at Economic Opportunity of Savannah-Chatham County, Inc and various other Organizations in our community have enabled these organizations to grow and thrive