The term “hero” brings meaning on so many levels. We tend to think of heroes in a more traditional sense and my goal with this initiative is to shed light on “heroes” right here, in our hometown.
Victoria, our first hometown hero, was an easy selection. On top of her massive class load, this Northern High School junior spends her limited spare time volunteering in several community outreach programs. Some of the programs Victoria is involved with are: Invisible Children, Beta Club, Paws Up, Title 1 schools, food pantries, and Earlier.org – Friends for an Earlier Breast Cancer Test.
Victoria was the lead on the food drive campaign for Invisible Children, a club designed to provide assistance to local children in need, leading up to Thanksgiving. Another way Victoria shares her passion for children is her assistance with field days and the food pantries at area Title 1 schools here in Greensboro, NC.
Another passion of Victoria’s is the health and welfare of our furry friends. Through her participation in Paws Up, Victoria participates in programs that benefit animals in shelters and is planning events to visit local bark parks to play with dogs to give their owners a break.
Lastly, Victoria has spent countless hours volunteering for Earlier.org – Friends for an Earlier Breast Cancer Test helping at events throughout the year. Starting with fundraising along side the Driving Hope cars to assisting at events, including her most recent support of the Sherlock 5K. During this fun-run held in October, owners and their dogs dress up and “run” a 5K course, Victoria hosted a paw print table (her idea) where owners could dip their dog’s paws in non-toxic paint and place their paw print on a sheet. She plans to do this annually and display the previous year’s sheets at various future events.
Martha Kaley, founder of Earlier.org shares “Victoria is a young volunteer with a wise and sensitive mind. We are so fortunate to have her on our team at Earlier.org. She is willing to take on anything to help and does not wait to be asked but she has initiative, which is a unique quality at any age. She has such a kind and gentle heart and we are fortunate to be able to have her with us and to be able to watch her as she continues to mature. She is a real blessing to all of us.”
“Victoria Welker is an shining example of promise and hope for the future. She is mature beyond her years in understanding the importance of philanthropy and is fearless in her endeavors to effect change." Kara McBurney, event coordinator for Earlier.org.
It’s easy to see why Victoria is recognized as a hometown hero. This effort requires extraordinary level of commitment and selfless character. It’s rare to come across people as selfless as Victoria, especially at her age. Congratulations, Victoria, this recognition is well deserved. Keep inspiring us to DO and BE MORE.
From the Table to the World,