Since 2012, Maddie has served as an after-school volunteer with the Bethel Neighborhood Center, where she tutors refugee and immigrant children and assists families. She has since logged more than 131 volunteer hours with agencies such as Kansas City Community Kitchen and Great Plains SPCA. She is also a member of this year’s Youth Advisory Board.
“I first started volunteering through school because I needed the hours,” Maddie said. “After a while, I began to see the change I was making in the community, no matter how small it was. Seeing how much my help was appreciated made me want to volunteer even more.”
Maddie is most passionate about helping under-privileged children within the community. She hopes to help children by continuing to volunteer at organizations that provide family services and early childhood education, and by being an advocate within her school to get more volunteers.
Maddie's enthusiasm for service doesn't go unnoticed. "When Maddie walks into Bethel Neighborhood Center every , the children rush to say hello and give her a hug. It is a testament to her bubbly personality and dependable presence at Bethel," says YVCKC Team Leader, Leanne Mersmann.
In honor of National Volunteer Week, YVCKC is recognizing an outstanding youth volunteer each day. These volunteers have demonstrated active citizenship and a commitment to community service. Each Volunteer of the Day will also be nominated for the Daily Point of Light award.
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