This week’s Hometown Hero is Cresha Cianciolo, a frequent volunteer and organizer for many programs instilling positive change in our community.


As a founding volunteer for annual fundraiser “Opening Doors,” benefitting the Community Home Trust, Cianciolo has helped raise the capital to help push for local affordable housing. She has also volunteered with the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library as a member of the board of directors.


Cianciolo is a partner with Music and Memory at Carol Woods, a program that seeks to help bring sufferers of dementia peace and connection through matching music that is familiar and well-loved with each participant. The brain links emotion and memory to specific senses, and familiar music can help to trigger memories and foster engagement. Cianciolo was recently appointed by Orange County to serve as a Resident Advocate on the Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee.


Inspired by the words of Mother Teresa, “Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love,” Cianciolo works to ensure that her actions are instilled with positive purpose and great love and desire for betterment. A member of Chandler’s Green Home Owners Association’s board of directors and a volunteer with Duke Home Care and Hospice.


A prime example of “not retiring from something but retiring to something,” Cianciolo is enthusiastic about her commitment to giving back, going so far as to have been awarded the Jim Gibson Volunteer of the Year Award by the Chapel Hill Chamber of Commerce


WCHL is proud to honor Cresha Cianciolo as this week’s Hometown Hero for her exemplary and tireless service in so many non-profit agencies and foundations.