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Young philanthropists make impact on community

Posted on April 22, 2016

The Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is a group of high school students that are empowered to make a positive difference in the lives of their peers and to show that youth can be philanthropists too.

A pair of our YAC members - Josh Wiegand and Abbey Dombrowski- have been busy lately with their own philanthropic goals and activities.

Abbey Dombrowski has a true passion for giving back. She is the treasurer of our YAC, a board member for A Beautiful Me, and she also volunteers throughout the year at a number of organizations and camps.  Every year, Abbey puts together a team to join her in raising money and awareness for those living with arthritis at the Detroit Zoo arthritis walk.  Abbey herself was diagnosed with this disease at the age of 2 ½ and yet she has never allowed this to hold her back in anything she sets her mind to do. Abbey is hosting fundraising events, including a euchre tournament to help raise funds  or you can donate directly to support her team.

Josh Wiegand is another YAC member and philanthropist. Josh has decided to renovate a classroom and turn it into a free school supply bank. Josh realizes that students face many barriers when trying to succeed in school and he is hoping to remove just one of those barriers for them. Last week, Josh held a fundraising concert in which he was able to raise over $1,000 to get started on his project. Josh is still looking for support and would appreciate any additional donations to help him accomplish his goals.

It is equally as important to our YAC members that they not only give of their own time, talent and treasure, but that they are actively showing their peers and other youth in their communities that they too can make a difference. The ultimate reward for our YAC members is to see young community members stepping up and giving of themselves.

Recently, YAC awarded a grant to the City of Port Huron Recreation Department to put bins at neighborhood playgrounds. The bins are then to be filled with basketballs, soccer balls and other playground equipment to ensure that all of our youth have a chance to play.

Now, let us introduce you to Sawyer Kemp. Sawyer is a 7 year old boy who loves to play all different types of sports. Sawyer wants all kids to have that same opportunity, so for his birthday he asked his guests to forgo bringing him a birthday present and instead bring a new piece of sporting equipment to his party. Sawyer then took all of the new items and donated them to the Recreation Department to start filling the bins for other children. 

You too can help fill the bins- all you need to do is bring in new or gently used sports equipment to Port Huron City Rec.

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