The newest member of the Forman S. Acton Foundation Board of Trustees, Steve Waddington knows Salem inside and out. He grew up in Mannington Township in Salem County where he attended primary and middle school and worked in local businesses.
Since the Foundation was just starting to form, Steve has been an advocate for its programs and the opportunities it granted for students in Salem. Steve is now following in his mother, Alice’s philanthropic footsteps by continuing his involvement in the Foundation.
“It’s very special to me to carry on the legacy my mother set forth when she got involved with organizations that give back,” Steve said. “This organization was special in my mother’s heart, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it today.”
Steve believed in the mission of the Forman S. Acton Educational Foundation long before he joined the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Most recently in the last three years he served as a Community Ambassador to advise and help enhance the Foundation’s efforts to nurture the needs of Salem’s youth. He and his mother Alice were involved since the original class of the Community Ambassadors program was formed. He particularly loved sharing information about how families and students can get involved.
He’s always had a passion for helping others as he supported and served on several executive boards for other local organizations, including Friends Services for the Aging and as chair of the board at Friends Village at Woodstown. In both of these roles he has retained membership involvement and significantly improved quality of life for many residents in assisted living communities and programs through Quaker organizations.
“It makes me proud to be involved in an organization that does so many great things for the youth in our community,” Steve said. “I wish foundations like this were available everywhere. Beyond the funding, this organization really cares about the students and going above and beyond to set them up for the most possible success. I’m thrilled to make an even deeper impact as a member of the Board of Trustees.”