YWCA School Days Volunteer Has National Service Award In The Bag

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The feeling you get from helping people in need is usually its own reward, but for twelve-year-old Jessica Chin, volunteering brought a benefit she never expected:  an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. and $1,000 prize!

Jessica is no stranger to service; she has volunteered many hours with the Humane Society and Baby Boutique.  When she learned about the YWCA School Days volunteer project last summer, she enthusiastically pitched in alongside her family and prepared bags of school supplies for local students in need.  “Jessica wanted to stay and keep helping,” said her mother, Lander Chin. “She had just gone shopping for her own school supplies, and felt connected to the kids who weren’t going to have new things otherwise.”

Six months later, the Chin’s received a letter with a memorable announcement; because of her history of service at the YWCA and across the Seattle community, Jessica had won the Prudential Spirit of Community Award! She is one of two honorees from Washington State to receive this distinction, given annually to the top youth volunteers in the country. ”I was really excited,” Jessica said about the award, and her family is just as thrilled. She and her parents will travel to Washington, D.C. in May, where she will be recognized alongside other outstanding young volunteers from across the country.

Jessica’s accomplishment is a shining reminder of all the talented, dedicated individuals we are lucky to have as part of the YWCA volunteer network. We applaud Jessica and her family for their spirit of community engagement and can’t wait to hear about her trip to “the other Washington”! If you would you like to join volunteers like Jessica for School Days 2013,  contact Volunteer Services Coordinator Emma Ramsbottom, eramsbottom@ywcaworks.org, or visit our website for a full list of YWCA volunteer opportunities.