Kamiak senior receives presidential award for community service

By Neil Parekh | Apr 25, 2012
Courtesy of: Neil Parekh Kaitlyn Anderson serving as a volunteer on MLK Day of Service back in January. She was recently given a bronze-level Volunteer Service Award from President Obama.


As part of National Volunteer Week, a senior at Kamiak High School was recently recognized by President Barack Obama's Corporation for National and Community Service for her volunteer work in the community.

Kaitlyn Anderson, 17, has given more than 100 hours of community service this year and is active in the organization Skills USA, and serves as a state officer. She is also active with Youth United.

"I've realized that young people like me can actually make a difference when they volunteer,” Kaitlyn said. “Just knowing that you're helping others in need is an incredible feeling. That's why I volunteer."

Kaitlyn is just one of the more than 2,700 volunteers mobilized by United Way of Snohomish County in the past year; 427 of those were teen volunteers who spent a total of 2,145 hours doing various volunteer projects. The economic impact of all of that volunteer time is more than $46,000.

Since the beginning of the United Way's Youth United program in 2009, over 900 high school students have volunteered more than 5,000 hours, worth more than $100,000.

These teens gave their time to food banks, elementary schools and senior centers, and dozens of other volunteer opportunities across Snohomish County.

Kaitlyn was one of just two Youth United volunteers who received a President's Volunteer Service Award during National Volunteer Week, one of the nation's top volunteering honors. National Volunteer Week was April 15-21.

The President's Volunteer Service Award is issued by Points of Light Institute and the Corporation for National and Community Service on behalf of the president of the United States to recognize the best in American spirit, and to encourage all Americans to improve their communities through volunteer service, and civic participation. The award is given to individuals, families, and groups that have demonstrated outstanding volunteer service and civic participation over the course of a year.

For more information, please visit http://www.uwsc.org/youthunited.php or call 2-1-1 for information and volunteer referrals.

United Way is a community impact organization serving Snohomish County for more than 70 years. To find out more about United Way, including how you can find help, how to volunteer and how United Way serves our community, please visit www.uwsc.org.

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