MFS Student and Alumnus Featured as South Jersey Magazine’s 2020 Super Women
South Jersey Magazine’s October edition featured 12 women who have made a lasting impact on their communities. Two of the 12 are members of the MFS community – senior Rebecca Benjamin and alumnus Cynthia Vance-Harris Hall ’97.
Rebecca is the founder of Rebecca’s Mission, a nonprofit she started (at age 10) that provides books to individuals in underserved communities. The magazine recognized Rebecca for not only building an organization that provides thousands of books to students in 11 different nearby communities, but also for the organization’s recent work helping the homeless and hosting community-wide virtual read-alouds throughout the pandemic.
Cynthia, an environmental geo-chemist and farmer, was featured for her work on soil testing and the mitigation of lead exposure to residents of the Philadelphia area. Now the successful owner of Free Haven Farms, she was also celebrated for her widespread distribution of farm-grown fruits and vegetables through farm share boxes, as well as her educational programs and non-profit which assist in educating future agricultural scientists.