by: KATHY LOY | photos by : ZEENA GREGG PHOTOGRAPHY

Some people volunteer because they are asked to fill an open position or they see a void and a way to fix it. 92130’s Marty Foltyn may have volunteerism in her genes. Growing up in Washington D.C. and Maryland, Marty’s father was her town’s first Latino city councilman. Here in San Diego, she volunteers her time at the community, city, and state levels.

Marty and her husband of 22 years, Jim Wirt, have lived in Carmel Valley for all of their married life. Their daughter, Miranda, is a junior at Carmel Crest Academy (CCA), which is where Marty’s volunteerism impacts the over 1,800 students and their families. After serving as the Foundation’s VP of Marketing, Marty was elected President last year. “It is a great way to become involved with the school, the staff, the teachers, and parents, and to make a real difference in helping the school continue its success in academics, arts, and athletics,” said Marty.

The CCA Foundation exists to provide opportunities for students that may not be supported due to school district budget cuts. “I feel my biggest accomplishment has been to serve alongside my fellow board members, dedicated parents, and the community to raise funds to support and to expand our school’s activities in these difficult financial times,” commented Marty. Two events to watch for are the Raven Wishes Night at Burlap Restaurant on February 27th and “Shoot for the Stars,” at the Air and Space Museum on May 11th. Also in support of CCA, Marty works with Dollars for Scholars in order to raise funds for college scholarships.

Another way Marty impacts local teens is through the Girl Scouts. For seven years, Marty has been a troop leader and is also the local service unit secretary. Additionally, she is on the board of Families with Children from China, and helps with the San Diego Chinese Center’s Chinese New Year Food and Cultural Faire. At the state level, she is the chapter council secretary of the California Native Plant Society.

Remarkably, Marty also has time to weave, a hobby she took up years ago after visiting a museum that was dedicating a Weaver’s Barn. “I have always loved textiles, so I literally sat down at a loom that day and began to learn to weave,” explained Marty. “Today I have several looms at home, and in my spare time, weave rag rugs, table linens, scarves, and blankets.”

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Name: Marty Foltyn
Community: Carmel Valley
Volunteer Affiliation: Canyon Crest Academy Foundation, Girl Scouts Carmel Valley Service Unit, California Native Plant Society, CCA Dollars for Scholars, Families with Children from China, San Diego Chinese Center Chinese New Year Committee
Family: Husband Jim Wirt, Software Engineer and UCSD graduate, Daughter Miranda Wirt, Junior at Canyon Crest Academy

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Name of Group: Canyon Crest Academy Foundation
Group’s Purpose: The Canyon Crest Academy Foundation is a non-profit, parent volunteer organization dedicated to realizing CCA’s educational programs and priorities through financial, volunteer, and community support
Group Contact: 858-350-0253 x 4005; www.canyoncrestfoundation.org

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