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Young Volunteers Recognized for Hours of Service

Jul 06, 2016 12:19PM ● Published by Steven Jack

Members of Happy Helpers were honored by the Oswego Village Board Tuesday night.

Happy Helpers is an organization focused on “leading kids to change the world” by coordinating volunteering opportunities in the community. 

It is approaching its one year anniversary and in this short amount of time, they have organized over 800 volunteer hours for children ages 5-17 to fulfill with their families. 

With over 500 children in Happy Helpers, we are excited about the impact they can make to local charities. The organization's top volunteers were honored at Tuesday night's Village Board meeting. 

Tyler Koopman completed 29.5 hours

Tyler Koopman is 13 years old and will be entering his freshman year at a Oswego East in the fall. He has volunteered for his church, as a member of a youth group (including multiple mission trips), for the Oswego Kiwanis chapter, and in other capacities within the community in addition to being active in Happy Helpers since its inception. Tyler enjoys learning about how different community service organizations function behind the scenes through volunteering. His favorite Happy Helpers volunteer activity this year was making sleeping mats for the homeless out of plastic shopping bags. He also enjoyed volunteering at Feed My Starving Children.

Tyler Dubiel completed 28 hours

Tyler is 11 years old and enjoys volunteering in the community. In addition to his service, he has accomplished a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, earned numerous medals in Chess competitions, has successfully participated in lacrosse, basketball, soccer and is an avid skateboarder. Tyler will enter junior high this year and is excited to continue his work with Happy Helpers.

Luca Cirone completed 26.5 hours

Luca is 9 years old and entering 5th grade. He loves being a part of Happy Helpers, because he enjoys helping others. He is a kind and thoughtful child. He loves soccer, museums, and roller coasters.

Kyle Dubiel completed 22 hours

Kyle is 9 years old and entering 4th grade. He is a sweet and very funny boy. He loves to make others laughs. He especially enjoys gaming and could play on his games all day, but is always willing to break away from it to do community service.

Zoe Morrisroe completed 20 hours

Zoe is a loving and caring individual who is very concerned about helping others who are less fortunate then her and takes pleasure in helping them in anyway she can. 

Addison Richter completed 20 hours

Addison Richter is going into fourth grade at Hunt Club Elementary School. She has been active in Happy Helpers since its inception and has volunteered at Feed My Starving Children, the food pantry, cleaning up after Prairie Fest, and in conjunction with the Optimist Club at the Christmas toy/food drive and Easter egg hunt.  Addison has a natural interest in helping people and enjoys working with other kids in that capacity.  When asked why she likes being a Happy Helper, she responded, "I like that kids can help people who need help and it is cool that kids can do big things for people and the community."  Her favorite volunteer opportunity has been the food pantry and she looks forward to continuing her service as a Happy Helper.  



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