Alice Delgardo, United Way of Pasco County
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Ghandi
Alice Delgardo says if she could change one thing in the world, it would be to convert hatred to love. Most of us probably feel the same way, but Alice actually strives to spread love and good-will throughout our community in everything she does.
As Vice President of Community Impact for United Way of Pasco County, Alice demonstrates strength through leadership and support of the organization, as well as Pasco County as a whole. She is perfectly-suited for this position, because her background in administration and community service is extensive.
Alice is originally from Boston, MA, where she graduated with a master’s degree in education from Cambridge College. A 20-year veteran of administrative and financial management, as well as public health programming, Alice has participated in focus groups designed for the betterment of Boston area schools and colleges. She served as a board member of the Mayor’s Commission on Women’s Issues, and was instrumental as a co-leader of the public/private sector partnership coordinating the 1990 visit of former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, to Boston.
Now a resident of Holiday, Alice, is not only a member of the executive team of the local chapter of United Way, she also serves with the Community Service Council of West Pasco, Rotary Club of Holiday, Healthy Start Coalition of Pasco County, and the Junior Service League of Greater New Port Richey.
Her dedication to family and community is far-reaching. Alice explains, “What brings me the greatest joy is serving others. Whether it be my family, working at United Way of Pasco County, becoming a Rotarian (Rotary Club of Holiday), or serving in other capacities.”
Furthermore, when you ask Alice, “How are you today?” her response is always, “Grateful.”
Each day, she rises early to spend time in worship, praise, prayer, and gratitude to God for her work with United Way of Pasco County and her community. “I am grateful to work with a caring, dedicated and talented team of individuals to provide a better way for the people of our County,” Alice confessed.
She walks a grounded, spiritual walk as a community servant, as well as a licensed, ordained minister of World Christianship Ministries in Fresno, CA. She has performed more than 1500 non-denominational weddings in the Tampa Bay area as a minister, notary and officiant.
Family and community are paramount in Alice’s life. Her definition of “community” is simple. Community consists of a group of people who are willing to give of themselves, their time, and their resources to help others.
Alice and her late husband Daniel raised three beautiful, intelligent children, all of whom became college graduates. Additionally, if that weren’t reason enough to be proud, she also embraces being a doting grandmother!
She expresses no regrets in life and genuinely appreciates the experiences she’s had. Alice uses them as a “springboard” to help create a better future for her family and our community.
Alice Delgardo’s amazing life as one of our hometown heroes can be summed up with one prolific statement:
“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.” -Winston Churchill
We are all grateful for the life Alice lives as such a generous contributor to the Pasco community!
By Debra Taylor Tee | www.ItsYourHomeMagazine.com | 727-709-9541