The Bristol All Heart Brand Standards Guide states, “The voice of Bristol’s brand is assertive but helpful, knowing but kind, passionate but personable. Bristol’s personality exhibits a self-confidence in oneself and our abilities to get any job done, and a charm that expresses humble roots behind a workman like demeanor. This hearty vocal spirit must always represent the brand personality through an uplifting and positive tone in all media and mediums.” These words describe exactly how Andrea (Andy) Adams lives her life every day.
Long-time Bristol resident Andy Adams is the ultimate volunteer for the “All Heart” City. The list of organizations that she’s volunteered for is long – starting with her days as Secretary at St. Joseph School, where she attended grammar school, to her class officer positions at Bristol Central High School. She began her volunteer career as a junior board member of the Bristol Girls Club and volunteered in various roles there while growing up in Bristol. While raising two daughters, she was a member of the Hubbell School PTA and the Bristol Central High School Performing Arts Booster Club, she volunteered with the Girls Scouts when her daughters were in elementary school, served on the Bristol Central Grad Party Committees, and volunteered for the Bristol Girls Softball Little League and at St. Joseph Church.
After her daughters graduated from the Bristol Public School system, Andy turned her volunteer efforts to other community projects and organizations. She held leadership roles on Bristol Rising for five years where she and the other members initiated the development of Downtown Bristol. During Andy’s tenure with Bristol Rising there were many accomplishments which included the unity of Bristol’s organizations, the expansion of a grass roots effort to take pride and support local businesses – one such initiative was cash mobs which is still being done today, showcasing the best of Bristol with the first of its kind in the Pop Up Piazzas held on Depot Square, an initiative to jumpstart the arts community and city investments in the arts along with shining a spotlight on the vacant Memorial Boulevard school as a potential investment to grow the arts community. Other initiatives included encouraging, assisting, and supporting businesses such as pop ups like Bare Bones and a more permanent one like Firefly Hollow Brewing.
Presently, Andy divides her time between the following organizations and City commissions:
• City of Bristol parking Board Authority – Commissioner and Secretary)
• Bristol Arts & Cultural Commission – Board Member
• American Clock & Watch Museum – Board of Directors, Secretary since 2012
• Mum Festival Committee – Vendor Chairperson since 2015
• Bristol Central High School Class of 1978 Reunion Committee Chairperson
• United Way of West Central Connecticut – Bristol Hospital representative for Annual Campaign and Adopt-A-Child Backpack Program and Volunteer for Day of Caring
Andy also volunteers at Bristol Hospital where she works which includes volunteering on two Capital Campaigns as Team Captain for the new Intensive Care Unit and Center for Surgery & Endoscopy, as Co-Chair for Operation Ergency Employee Giving Campaign for the new Emergency Care Center; as Chair of the Employee Activity Council where she has served since 1993, and as a volunteer for the annual Bristol Hospital Development Foundation Gala as Silent Auction Chair.
When Andy isn’t volunteering she spends her time as Patient Representative at Bristol Hospital – a position she has held for the past 22 years. After graduating from the University of Hartford Andy became a Medical Technologist and worked at St. Francis Hospital for five years before transitioning over to Bristol Hospital working in the same role for ten years. She has worked at Bristol Hospital for the past 32 years. As a result of her many years of service at Bristol Hospital, her volunteer work both at the hospital and in the Bristol community, Andy garnered the Bristol Hospital Employee of the Year award for 2019 and was honored at a dinner where family, coworkers, and friends celebrated her award with her.
As busy as Andy is, she always finds time to make memories with her husband, Pete, her two daughters: Jessica and Kayla, her grandchildren Mackenzie and Colin, and her son-in-law Scott while enjoying her many interests which include cooking and baking, photography, sports – especially the NY Yankees, NY Giants, NY Rangers, UConn basketball, and Notre Dame football – spending time outdoors, day trips, and weekends away in New Hampshire and Vermont.
Andy states, “I volunteer to make a difference. That’s why I think it’s important. When you volunteer you give of yourself to make a difference in the community, organization, or cause. Whatever we choose, we are making a positive impact which will be touched by many.” One of her favorite quotes is by Quint Studer, “Never underestimate the difference you can make.”
Andy’s passion to support and promote the Bristol community, its events, activities, and local businesses is quite simply. . . All Heart!