David and Paula Schaffner count themselves lucky to have volunteered in Namibia, Thailand, and Haiti with both Maryknoll and other organizations. Margaret Mott and her husband have supported Maryknoll mission efforts in Kenya for years.
Several members who are not able to travel overseas are involved in local efforts. Joan McKenna, a social worker who works through a hospital, often assists the homeless. On occasion, she enlists help from the chapter to volunteer at events, such as a golfing fundraiser for a local homeless coalition.
Tricia Witt and Paula Schaffner enjoy helping at a golf event.
The Central Coast Chapter acts as the yeast in their parish working for justice. For example, the CCC provided the inspiration and organization for their parish to help build a Habitat for Humanity house.
Meetings often include visitors: Affiliates from other Chapters, A Maryknoll priest, Maryknoll Lay Missioners Kathy Bond and Flavio Rocha from Brazil, and other mission volunteers.
One Affiliate said she is usually tired from work and typically won’t go to evening meetings, but she always looks forward to the Maryknoll Affiliate gatherings.