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Alissa Hirscher Receives Leadership Award

Alissa Hirscher Receives Leadership Award

We are honored to announce that St. Maria Goretti parishioner Alissa Hirscher has been awarded the 2019 Catholic Charities Leadership Award. She will receive this award at the annual Faith in Action Celebration held on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at the Madison Marriott West in Middleton.

As a wife and a mother of five children, a faithful parishioner and member of the Madison community, an occupational therapist, and a strong and active advocate for women and children, Alissa is, quite simply, a woman who gives her life in service to others. 

Aside from her vocation as wife and mother, Alissa is perhaps best known for her work with Pregnancy Helpline, a non-profit organization supporting Madison-area families for 35 years, whose mission is to provide life-affirming compassionate care, giving material support and community referrals to women and their families before, during, and after pregnancy.

Alissa has been involved with Pregnancy Helpline since 2008. In 2012, when the organization was in need and in danger of closing, Alissa stepped up to act as Executive Director. She continued in this role until 2018, during which time the organization saw immense growth in all areas and founded the first diaper bank in Dane County. She also oversaw the founding of the DiaperDash Fun Run in 2014, which provides support, both in terms of financial gifts and actual diapers for the diaper bank.

In addition to her dedicated work and leadership with Pregnancy Helpline, she also serves our parish, school, and community in many ways. Over the years, she has been the parish Respect Life Liaison, acted as a Religious Education Catechist and a RCIA Sponsor, and serves presently by organizing the annual Rose Sale, participating in the Madison's 40 Days for Life, serving with her husband Matt as Marriage Prep Facilitators, and volunteering at the annual school Rummage Sale and Diaper Drive.

It is her presence to and care for her family that stand out as particularly remarkable, for while she remains active in so many ways, she prioritizes giving everyone the love and attention they need and integrating the Church into their family life. She is a natural evangelist who gives witness to the faith in how she lives her life and presents it to others with joy and excellence.

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