FAIRHAVEN, Mas. – First Citizens’ FCU has named Mark Cook, a local advocate for the homeless, its 2nd Annual Model Citizen and awarded him a trip to New York City and two tickets to a Broadway show.
Cook spends his days finding residences, rehabilitation hospitals and securing the basic necessities including food, toiletries and clothing for the homeless. He also participated on Team Tom Brady for Best Buddies Challenge. Best Buddies is dedicated to creating opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Cook not only spends personal time helping the homeless but his personal finances as well to purchase sleeping bags and tents for those who are not able to find shelter.
In his professional work, Cook is an active program director and volunteer of The Refuge, a non-profit that offers worship services, food and support services to the areas homeless and unemployed. He also serves as a committee member on Pride Workshops on the Human Rights and on the GATCH (United Way Coalition for Homeless). Mark is also currently being trained to become a drug addiction counselor. As the winner of the Model Citizen Award he will receive a trip to New York City including two tickets to a Broadway show.
The Model Citizen Award Program recognizes individuals in surrounding communities for their acts of kindness, volunteer work and efforts to make their community a better place. Several nominations were submitted during the 6-week program. Each individual was nominated through First Citizens’ Facebook page.