Wright to head area church council

By Janette Boulay
Sun Chronicle, Jan 16 2010
Attleboro - Kathleen Wright will take over the reins of the Attleboro Area Council of Churches later this month. She was unanimously elected executive director earlier this month by the board of directors, filling the position held for the past 10 years by Dorothy Embree, who recently retired.

The council will introduce Wright to the membership at its annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Second Congregational Church in Attleboro.

Wright, who has been living in Attleboro for the past 18 months with her husband and three children, previously lived in Helena, Mont., and holds a degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder.

While in Montana, Wright was instrumental as a regional organizer for Let Justice Roll, an organization that helped build and mobilize progressive faith communities in support of raising the minimum wage both state and nationwide.

She also served as special projects coordinator and outreach coordinator of the Montana Comprehensive Cancer Control, where she worked to develop and implement a strategic plan and support materials for recruitment, retention and orientation for a large statewide volunteer coalition.

As for her new role here in Attleboro, Wright says she is honored to have been selected and is anxious to carrying on the work of the council.

"As we are all painfully aware, hunger is still a primary issue in our communities," she said.

"The Council of Churches has served our area since 1946, dedicated to fighting hunger by uniting churches, organizations and community volunteers in providing over 37,000 hot meals a year to families, seniors and individuals through the AACC's Food 'n' Friends kitchens.

"My goal over the next two months is to encourage one and all to join us in our work. Donations are vital to the kitchens," she said.

For those who would like to help the council carry on its work, Wright notes that both food and cash donations are always welcome and that local churches will be accepting food donations through the annual Souper Bowl of Caring on Feb. 7.

"Although food is always welcome, donations of money enables the council to purchase food at a much discounted price, spreading our community's resources farther," she said.