Marsha Curry Banks '04 Recognized for Service to Others
A domestic violence survivor and recovering addict, Marsha Curry Banks ’04 was released from state prison in 1997 and reunited with her family after her six children were released from foster care. She needed to find a way to provide, so she developed a five-year plan to improve not only her own circumstances, but also the lives of others who had found themselves on the wrong side of the law. What emerged was Amiracle4Sure. Incorporated in 2010, the organization helps individuals transitioning back into the community from incarceration and other challenges.
“I went to Harrisburg Area Community College, served as student government president, and graduated at the top of my class,” said Banks, who enrolled at LVC when she was in her thirties. She majored in sociology, which prepared her for continuing on to a master’s degree in public service leadership.
She credits LVC with giving her the tools and the environment that would enable her to achieve her goals. “All of my professors in sociology were very influential in helping me learn about the culture of serving. They were knowledgeable and supportive. In addition, I was honored to charter the Circle K organization on campus as part of Kiwanis, a national leader in service. Through those opportunities, along with the spiritual environment and being exposed to various cultures, I learned how to serve best others. We can’t always just take what we can, but we also have to give what we can.”
In honor of her work with Amiracle4Sire, Banks has been selected as one of 33 women in the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg's 2018 Tribute to Women of Excellence (TWE) Award. The regionally-recognized annual event recognizes Central PA's leading female professional and community volunteers.