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Danbury Youth Earn President’s Volunteer Service Award

Twenty-three local youth were honored for their service with Youth Volunteer Corps of Western Connecticut. See end of story for identifications.
Twenty-three local youth were honored for their service with Youth Volunteer Corps of Western Connecticut. See end of story for identifications. Photo Credit: Contributed

DANBURY, Conn. – Twenty-three local youth were honored for their service with Youth Volunteer Corps of Western Connecticut, a program of United Way of Western Connecticut.

The youth earned the President’s Volunteer Service Award for serving 50 or more hours at local nonprofits and community agencies in the greater Danbury area. The award recognizes and celebrates role models making a positive impact as engaged and deeply committed volunteers.

Each youth was recognized for their commitment and completion of the volunteer hours required to receive the award. Youth ages 11-15 needed to complete at least 50 hours to receive this award, while youth ages 16-18 were required to serve a minimum of 100 hours. Those honored were:

  • Jaylynn Carter, St. Peters School, Danbury
  • Andrew Chang, Ridgefield High School
  • Kendra Dascano, Immaculate High School, Danbury
  • Ian Ferguson, Ridgefield High School
  • Juliana Fuente, student at Danbury High School
  • Rachel Greening, New Fairfield High School
  • Emma Kiernan, Scotts Ridge Middle School, Ridgefield
  • Mikaela Kiernan, Ridgefield High School
  • Johanse Martinez, Rogers Park Middle School, Danbury
  • Daniel Michael, Wooster High School, Danbury
  • Kate Mitchell, Bethel Middle School
  • Korrine Nelson, Danbury High School
  • Connor Parille, Rogers Park Middle School, Danbury
  • Misha Prukalski, Danbury High School
  • John Rigoglioso, New Fairfield Middle School
  • Alexandra Schulman, Bethel High School
  • Matthias Siber, Danbury High School
  • Alexandria Silva, Westside Academy, Danbury
  • Catarina Silva, Danbury High School
  • Cory Struski, Danbury High School
  • Elizabeth Tran, Bethel Middle School
  • Bonnie VosWinkel, Immaculate High School, Danbury
  • Maya Welber, Newtown High School

The Youth Volunteer Corps of Western Connecticut engages youth ages 11-18 in quality, team-based service-learning projects. For more than six years, it has engaged young people from diverse backgrounds in service projects helping the community. Nearly 160 youth served 3,090 hours during the last program year.

Click here for more information about the corps.

The United Way of Western Connecticut helps residents across northern Fairfield County, southern Litchfield County and the City of Stamford by focusing on the vital building blocks for a good life: education, income and health.

A United Way report published in November 2014 revealed that in Connecticut, 1 in 4 households have earnings above the federal poverty level, but below a basic cost-of-living threshold. Combined with those who are struggling below poverty level, 35 percent of all households in the state are experiencing financial hardship. Its mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the power of caring communities to create lasting change. It is committed to ensuring every child enters school ready to learn, every family is financially stable and every community it serves is healthy and strong.

PHOTO CAPTION (from left to right). Top row: Kim Morgan, CEO of United Way of Western Connecticut, Mikaela Kiernan, Rachel Greening, Korrine Nelson, Matthias Siber, Connor Parille, Cory Struski, Alexandra Schulman and Special Projects Coordinator, Morgan Greening. Bottom row: Kate Mitchell, Emma Kiernan, Kendra Dascano, John Rigoglioso, Catarina Silva and Alexandria Silva.

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