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Susan and Jim Garlington Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 19, 2015 /   Loading Disqus...
A sense of giving back often is passed from one generation to the next. Such is the case for Susan (Horvitz) Garlington. “My parents were very giving and active volunteers in the community,” Susan explains.

Raised in Pawtucket and a graduate of Pawtucket West (now Shea high School), Susan went on to earn a degree in psychology from the University of Rhode Island and later returned to school to learn about the travel industry.

Her training prepared her for a job in the travel department at GTECH, a position she held for nine years before moving into her current job as marketing coordinator for the Providence-based international lottery and gaming company. “I make arrangements for visiting customers, many from out of the country, who visit our headquarters,” Susan says of her role.

Outside the office, Susan enjoys spending time with her husband of seven years, Jim, who grew up in New Bedford, attended Bryant University, and now is a regional sales manager for RFIDeas, an Illinois–based high tech company.

Susan also devotes her time and energy to animal rescue organizations, and has rescued three dogs from shelters around the country. “You wouldn’t believe the horrible conditions animals live in, especially in the south. They don’t spay and neuter, and many animals are euthanized,” she says. As a volunteer for various rescue organizations, Susan has assisted with several local adoption events and has done home visits before the dogs are placed. She also is involved with a sponsorship program with a rescue located in Louisiana.

Susan learned about the Foundation through her lawyer and plans to continue her commitment to animal rescue through this fund, with other interests including homelessness and veterans. “It would be nice to do something that would really help. It makes me feel good to give, and it makes me happy to help people,” she shares.
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