OHS Grad Building an Impressive Resume of Volunteer Service
Jan 14, 2017 08:50AM ● Published by Steven Jack
Hailey Edwards (left) spent her 2016 spring break helping to clear about a mile of the Cumberland Trail in Tennessee. (Submitted photo)
After amassing enough community service to receive the Lucille Gustafon Scholarship at Waubonsee Community College for academic success and community involvement, the college sophomore is busy planning her next philanthropic adventure.
Edwards is currently raising funds to help pay for Waubonsee's upcoming Alternative Spring Break trip to rural Virginia to aid with several aspects of community development, including after school programs.
"While we volunteer to do this, we have to pay for the lodging in Virginia and pay our way to get there," she said. "So far we have brought in about $600 between donations and fundraising and we are looking for about $1,500 more."
This is the second year Edwards is taking part in the Alternative Spring Break. While many of her peers last year were spending a week on the beach, Edwards was helping to rebuild about a mile of the Cumberland Trail in Tennessee.
"I love nature and to be able to take part in building something that will forever be stamped on our country was a cool idea to me so I thought it would be a fun thing to do," she said.
This fall Edwards said she is also hoping to be accepted into the AmeriCorps program, which would have her traveling across the country for 10 months of community-building work.
"Since (Alternative Spring Break) was a week long and very physically demanding I figured it would be a good way to see if I could endure an actual 10 months of similar services - and I loved it," she said.