David Combs: SHARE’s Librarian for 13 Years


When and how did you get involved with SHARE?

I became involved with SHARE in November of 2003, thirteen years ago, when Lee Miller, a founding member of SHARE, needed assistance in SHARE’s library. She called a New York City agency set up by Mayor Rudy Giuliani to match skilled workers with nonprofit organizations that needed volunteers with specific skills. I had recently retired from a 37-year career in the Art and Architecture Division at The Reference Library of the New York Public Library, and I wanted to do volunteer work. Lee interviewed me and recommended me to Cheryl Rubin, then Director of Volunteers and Human Resources.

In what ways have you been involved with SHARE?

My main duty has been to manage the reference and lending library. As the years wore on I segued into other work where I could be useful, such as preparing mailings, preparing the memorial ceremony, and other things. I helped to move SHARE’s offices twice. I have also worked every year at A Second Helping of Life since 2003. I currently work in the office.

How has SHARE helped you?

SHARE introduced me to the valuable work that nonprofit organizations do-- in SHARE’s case, informing people about breast and ovarian cancers and supporting them through these diseases. I became aware of the vast literature in the field.

What is your 40th anniversary wish for SHARE?

SHARE’s staff is a dedicated sisterhood, and I hope it continues to get the support it needs and deserves as well as credit for its achievements.