Never Too Young to Give
Lauren Henry, daughter of Independent Business Owners William and Maryl Henry of Sarasota, Florida, has always believed in community service. Helping others has been an important part of her life since she was a young girl. So, in January of this year when Amway North America asked the teenaged kids of IBOs to share their stories of community service for a chance to earn a trip to We Day in Seattle, Lauren was quick to respond. She and her mother traveled to the Amway-sponsored event to join 15,000 young people in celebrating their commitment to community service. Lauren returned home inspired by the energy and enthusiasm of her fellow We Day participants, ready to do more. She organized a day of service with her high school’s National Honor Society. She and 16 others spent a day at “Save our Seabirds” (SOS) caring for injured birds. “We cleaned the facilities, folded newspapers for the baby birds’ cages, prepared food for the birds, and helped feed them. It was a great opportunity to give back to our community. And, the (SOS) staff was so appreciative – they really needed the help.” says Lauren, who was the president of her senior class at Sarasota Christian High School.
SOS is only one of the many volunteer projects Lauren pursued while also maintaining an outstanding 4.0+ GPA in school. She logged more than 350 hours of community service, as the editor of Selby Gardens volunteer newsletter, packing lunches for underprivileged children, re-landscaping the Newtown Boys & Girls Club, entertaining nursing home residents and more! “I try not to get stuck on one thing,” she says. “There a lot of different ways people can get involved.”
“Our society today is really me-centered because they have not been exposed to (volunteerism),” notes Lauren. “It’s important to not always focus on ourselves.
“We have so much we can give, and it’s really fun to serve others!”
Learn more about Save our Seabirds at: www.saveourseabirds.org