FAIRFAX, VA- March 21, 2016 — William Chai, a student at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland, has been honored for his exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.
The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. The American Red Cross in the National Capital Region nominated William for national honors last fall in recognition of his volunteer service.
William is President of the Winston Churchill High School Red Cross Club and has recruited approximately 150 students to join as members. He helped the Red Cross by supporting the “Not Your Average Cause” in November 2015 – a fundraiser sponsored by Not Your Average Joe’s Restaurant in Germantown, MD. He collected, sorted and delivered clothing for a Winterhaven Homeless Veterans Event in January 2016. He led an Emergency Preparedness training session for students at his high school and raised $150 for American Red Cross Disaster Relief efforts by selling “Ghoulie Grams” in October 2015.
“Community service is a large and very important part of my life. I have been tutoring and mentoring children at a low-income, Section 8 residency for eight hours a week, every week. I also tutor first generation immigrants at an organization called CAPSA (Chinese American Parent Student Association), every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. My life is pretty busy! However, I truly enjoy every second I spend tutoring. I grew up in a low-income, first-generation immigrant household and I have experienced first-hand what these children are going through,” said William.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), recognizes middle level and high school students across American for outstanding volunteer service.
“The recipients of these awards demonstrate that young people across American are making remarkable contributions to the health and vitality of their communities,” said John Strangfeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial. “By recognizing these students and placing a spotlight on their volunteer activities, we hope to motivate others to consider how they can also contribute to their community.”
“Demonstrating civic responsibility through volunteerism is an important part of life,” said NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. “These honorees practice a lesson we hope all young people, as well as adults, will emulate.”
Prudential Spirit of Community Award applications were distributed nationwide last September through middle level and high schools, American Red Cross chapters, Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, YMCAs and HandsOn Network affiliates. These schools and officially-designated local organizations nominated Local Honorees, whose applications were advanced for state-level judging. In addition to granting President’s Volunteer Service Awards on behalf of President Barack Obama, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards selected State Honorees, Distinguished Finalists and Certificate of Excellence recipients. Volunteer activities were judged on criteria including personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact and personal growth.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
About Prudential Financial:
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