Adler is a 13-year old eighth grader who lives in Champlin, MN. When he was five years old, Adler started helping at a monthly dinner for the poor, sponsored by a local church. He now takes great pride in helping children--through toy drives, stuffing donated school supplies into backpacks, assisting local T-Ball coaches, packing food for starving children overseas, or assisting with dozens of special events and projects at local schools. Adler has given over 500 hours of volunteer service to a variety of local, regional and international charities in the past eight years and has qualified for the President's Volunteer Service Award in both 2004 and 2005.
Ashlee, who recently turned 13, is very active in school, church and in the community. She lives in Brooklyn Center and is a 7th grader at North View Junior High. For 8 years, Ashlee has been very involved in her Girl Scout Troop 2020. She puts her whole self into what she's doing, whether she's building bird houses for the school's story book garden, playing her violin and piano for nursing homes, senior centers, church and ill children, or developing programs like the "Music from the Heart" for Ronald McDonald House and Nurse Nancy's Wish List. Ashlee is an inspiration with a humble spirit and a role model not only to her peers, but to all she touches.
Ashlee K, St. Louis Park, MN
Justin plays the violin beautifully. He played with the Youth Symphony for a number of years (and also donated money to them) and was encouraged to become a concert violinist, though he eventually decided not to. He heard how some musicians were playing in hospitals to comfort sick patients, and the idea appealed to him. He arranged to visit the intensive care nursery for sick babies at the county hospital. The babies were in glass-sided incubators all hooked up to wires, often recovering from surgery. Some of the premature babies were scarcely bigger than his hand. Justin sat near them playing pieces he thought they would enjoy on the violin. The nursing staff appreciated it too.
Trevor was recruited to volunteering by his brother, Mike. Mike knew a lot about computers and someone asked him if he would be willing to help fix up old, donated computers for use in a program that provided after-school tutoring to kids. Mike wanted Trevor to come help so he'd have company and someone to assist him. Although Trevor didn't know much about computers to start with, Mike showed him how to take one apart, check the parts, and make repairs. Sometimes they would have to buy some tools or parts, and they just paid for it out of pocket, as their donation to the project. Between the two of them they have fixed over twenty computers. Trevor decided that he liked computers so much he's planning to make a career out of it.
Brittany has always liked animals. She heard about an organization that takes care of wild animals that have been orphaned or injured. People bring squirrels that have been attacked by dogs or birds that fell out of nests to this center to be rehabilitated. After the animals have healed, they are released. There were all kinds of animals that needed care and rehab: rabbits, skunks, raccoons, a beaver, lots of squirrels and even a baby coyote. Brittany once helped a volunteer veterinarian wire back together the shell of a turtle that was hit by a car. She also goes around talking to groups of people about the needs of wildlife. On these trips, she brings along Patsy, an orphaned possum who is too dependent to release, and Oscar, a box turtle who is not native to the region and also can't be released. The center is trying to expand, and Brittany is setting aside some of her own earnings from a part-time job to contribute.