North Fulton County

Alpharetta woman giving back to her community, other countries nominated for Nextdoor 100

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — WSB-TV and the Nextdoor app are partnering to celebrate the top 100 amazing neighbors across the country.

An Alpharetta woman is being recognized as a nominee for that honor because of the work she does for non-profits in the U.S. and abroad.

“I’ve known a lot of people in my life, but I have never seen anyone give the way Marian does,” said Mary Ann Gilbert, who nominated her neighbor Marian Andeweg.

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Gilbert says the list of ways Andeweg’s spends her time giving back is lengthy.

“She does Meals on Wheels, she drives cancer patients, she works with hospice patients, she works with seniors and does things to help them,” Gilbert listed.

Andeweg also organizes parades and cookouts in her own neighborhood while assisting people who are blind worldwide through an app.

“She speaks several languages, so people from different countries who are blind will call her and ask simple questions like, ‘Does this blouse match this pair of pants?’” Gilbert said.


Andeweg is originally from the Netherlands. She says giving is a family trait, and it’s something that makes her happy.

“It’s like the more you can make someone feel good, the happier you are. It just makes yourself feel good,” she explained.

One of her favorite ways to give back is Road to Recover with the American Cancer Society driving cancers patients too and from appointments.

“Sometimes you’re driving them 10 times to chemo or radiation, and you get a connection, and that’s what I like, to bond with people, hear someone’s story,” Andeweg said.

The mother, wife, and self-proclaimed people person says she is not slowing down. She’s learning her fifth language, Spanish, in order to help more people.

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The Nextdoor 100 will be announced on May 23.