Warming the Hearts of Many…
Ceara Genovesi was just 14 years old when her mom suggested she consider volunteering with United Hospice of Rockland (New York). Through her Girl Scout troop, Ceara had frequently donated her time for worthwhile causes, but since getting involved with Youth for Hospice – a fundraising group for United Hospice of Rockland – she’s taken her community service to another level.
As the founder and president of her school district’s Youth for Hospice chapter, she leads a group of 16 other youth volunteers in creating fundraising events for the organization. The most successful fundraiser thus far has been their annual Dance-A-Thon, which included 400 participants and raised more than $18,000 last year for United Hospice of Rockland. Ceara looks forward to building on that success at this year’s Dance-A-Thon in April and has set a fundraising goal of $20,000.
When asked what advice she’d give other young people about volunteering, Ceara says, “Don’t be afraid to take charge of things. If you see a need somewhere, do something about it.”
Along with her leadership duties for Youth for Hospice, Ceara is also pursuing her Girl Scouts Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. The award challenges young women to change the world – or at least their corner of it! “Girl Scouts is all about helping the community,” says Ceara. “They taught me the benefits of helping.” To complete her Gold Award project, Ceara is providing afghans for patients at United Hospice of Rockland. She is knitting them herself; collecting knitted and crocheted squares from others in the community, to knit together and is also teaching children’s knitting classes at the local library. The knitted squares the kids create will also be donated to the afghan project.
Now 17, Ceara looks forward to her senior year of high school and hopes to encourage other members of Youth for Hospice to continue their involvement after she graduates.
“Ceara is inspiring other children to be leaders themselves,” says Ceara’s dad and Amway Independent Business Owner, Robert Genovesi. “She’s a role model for volunteering.”
On March 27, Ceara will join 15,000 other young people in Seattle for the first We Day in the U.S., an event co-sponsored by Amway North America. We Day is a unique celebration of the power of youth to make a difference.
Amway, a strong believer in the responsibility of all of us to be good citizens in the communities where we live and work, has awarded Ceara and one of her parents an all-expenses paid trip to We Day, in recognition of her exceptional community service.
We’re so proud of Ceara and her parents, Robert and Ann! Congratulations to the family!
We know teens often model the examples set by their parents and there are many other young people in the Amway IBO family making a difference in the lives of others. If your teen, or another you know, is actively making a difference in their school, church or community, have them share their story with us! Through the Amway Who Cares? Challenge! Amway will award ten $10,000 grants to a charitable organization of choice in honor the work of these amazing young people. Find out more at: www.WhoCaresChallenge.com.