14-year-old Grace Reynolds has participated in the Youth in Action summer volunteering program for two years now. Her supervisor and Youth in Action’s summer intern, Chris Cole, has described her dedication as “incredible.” Grace has attended almost every service project Youth in Action has hosted. Her two favorite projects were helping at the Central Missouri Humane Society and working at the Food Bank on multiple occasions.
There are many other events Grace has been involved with over the summer. Grace has volunteered at the Household Hazardous Waste collection site, provided and served a meal at the Ronald McDonald House, supervised the children’s activities at Fire in the Sky, and spent half a day doing some hands-on learning at Columbia’s Center for Urban Agriculture.
Grace’s commitment is incredible, but “incredible” could describe her attitude and leadership skills as well. Chris says she is “always on time and ready to go with a smile on her face, even stepping in to help others with the job at hand.” Her attitude toward volunteering is admirable too. Grace says, “Volunteering is a way to help others and interact with people.”
Congratulations and thank you, Grace, for being such a positive role model for youth in the community. To learn how to get involved as a youth volunteer visit www.CoMo.gov or call 573-874-7499.
Written by volunteer Bob Murphy