Volunteer of the Year

Martha Cogdell

Congratulations to our 2018 Volunteer of the Year, Martha Cogdell! Martha has been volunteering at the AWLA for over 10 years.  She began assisting in a variety of areas but her primary volunteer roles have been as a weekly Front Desk / Adoption Counselor, a Special Events volunteer plus she is a member of the Volunteer Advisory Committee.

Her volunteer service has expanded to include assisting with behind-the-scenes administrative tasks in support of the volunteer program where her main focus is “keeping the voluminous files and volunteer records current.”  “There have been so many changes at the League over the years but the integrity of the staff, program quality and guiding principles remain solid.  I am proud to be associated with the organization and continue to find the ‘work’ challenging but fun.  AWLA does appreciate the work of all volunteers.  “This is a very special place and it is nice to be personally recognized!”

After living in Hong Kong for 4 years, Martha’s support of the League began in 1997 when she adopted Pipa, a beautiful Seal Point mix.  After saying goodbye to Pipa 15 years later, Martha adopted the “buff brothers” (Luther and Pickle) from the AWLA.  Martha says, “They have been my true loves.”

Martha is retired but keeps her calendar full. Outside of her shelter activities, she volunteers with the Smithsonian Associates (program activities and bus tours) and has been doing so for over 15 years.  She supports WETA’s membership and children’s events, ushers at Signature Theater and works on the Landscape Committee of her condo community.  Martha will be moving to North Carolina near the end of the year to be closer to family.  Needless to say, she will be greatly missed.

Congratulations again Martha; we can’t thank you enough and we appreciate all that you do for the League!