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The Values Lion’s Heart Taught Me

My name is Allie Wood and I got involved in Lion’s Heart in 7th grade after a friend told me about the organization. I immediately wanted to start volunteering in the community. One of my favorite traditions with my group was baking cookies for Serra’s Pantry’s holiday party. It was a great bonding experience as we would spend hours in the kitchen baking different kinds of cookies, so families could have a normal holiday season. One year I was able to deliver the cookies and volunteer at the holiday party. This was an eye opening experience because I saw people in my own community who were so grateful to pick out one toy and a few cookies. It was something that was easy to do, but it had a large impact on the people it was benefitting. Through countless hours in the community I learned to appreciate everything I had and find new ways to help others.

 

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One of my favorite ways to give back is by working with children because they are full of energy. Their smiles never fail to brighten my day and they remind me that I can overcome any difficulties I am facing because there is always something positive to look forward to. I was able to volunteer with children as swim coach for my team over the summer. It was rewarding to see them finally complete a lap on their own after many hours of practice. I also volunteered in Wagon Wheel Elementary Kindergarten classrooms during their summer camps. These future Kindergarteners were ecstatic to start school in the fall so they were ready to learn the alphabet and basic math.

After I graduated Tesoro High School, I wanted to continue to serve my new community in college. Fortunately, when I joined a sorority, I discovered they had a national philanthropy so I could continue to give back with my friends. My sophomore year of college, I became the Fundraising Coordinator. I wanted to take on this position because it would allow me to continue to give back, a value I learned in 7th grade. This position allowed me to plan and implement two new philanthropy events to benefit our philanthropy, Ronald McDonald House Charities. This has been one of my most rewarding experiences in college because I was able to contribute to the greater Fort Worth area by helping families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. It also taught me that I can continue to volunteer throughout my life because there are always places that need volunteers. Lion’s Heart taught me the importance of giving back something I will continue to do for the rest of my life.  

Volunteering does not have to stop when you finish your time in Lion’s Heart. No matter where you go after you graduate, there will always be ways to give back to the local community.

Written by Lion’s Heart alumnae Allie Wood. 2015 Girls Blue

Summer Intern Spotlight: Ariana

This Summer, Lion’s Heart gave 9 Members internships at our office in Irvine, CA.  Each of these interns has a unique story about their community service, passions, and experiences in Lion’s Heart.  Once a week we will be posting a “Summer Intern Spotlight where we share one of the intern’s stories!

Today the spotlight is about the fabulous Ariana!

One of the earliest memories I have of feeling the need to help was when I was in elementary school. My family and I were in our car on the way to see Santa Claus at the mall and were waiting in line at a red light. There was a man walking up and down the sidewalk holding a sign asking for money, food or anything really. I don’t remember what the sign said, but I remember looking at him and seeing my car and all these other cars passing by him, not wanting to make eye contact because if they don’t make eye contact, then they won’t feel guilty about not helping. That man was on my mind all day even as I was sitting on Santa’s lap. That day was the day that I knew I wanted to help that man and all people who were in his position. I already volunteered quite a bit before I joined Lion’s Heart, but becoming a part of a group of girls who thought like me and liked helping others was a very rewarding experience. It also encouraged me to join different community service clubs at my school, such as Team Zissou and Cool 2 Be Kind, because I liked helping alongside other people, not just myself.

Lion’s Heart has opened up so many different volunteer opportunities to me, some that I’m not sure I would’ve been able to do if I’d not been a part of this group. One of my favorite things that my group does almost every year is volunteer at the Aliso Niguel High School dance concert. Our coordinator is a teacher there, so we help them out with whatever they want us to do. One time we took care of some of the little girls who were going to dance on stage, another time we sold tickets, and the next time we delivered the candy grams to the dancers. I love it because it’s fun to spend time with the girls in my group and I like helping our coordinator out. I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to help at these dances if it wasn’t for Lion’s Heart, so that’s just another reason I’m glad I joined. I’ve learned to balance volunteering with my personal and school schedule, which is something I’m grateful for, and I hope it will come in handy in college.

Lion’s Heart was a perfect fit for me, and I’ve loved being a part of it for the last three years!

~  Written by our amazing summer intern, Ariana W., who gave her time to help us all summer long! Ariana did everything she was asked to do, including putting up stickers on the wall, attending staff meetings, inputting information on different websites, and helping us with social media. It was great having Ariana around the office!

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Summer Intern Spotlight: Brooke

My name is Brooke and I have been a member of Lion’s Heart for 6 years; I am now a senior in high school. Lion’s Heart has helped instill in me not just to help others when it is convenient, but to have a constant desire for service. I have become passionate about always helping my friends and family in any way that I can, as well as helping the less fortunate through service.

In my Lion’s Heart years I have participated in so many different types of service helping various types of people. I have volunteered helping give toys to children with cancer, making care packages for military members, coaching younger volleyball teams, leading retreats for my peers, and endless other opportunities for service that were given to me by Lion’s Heart. My group also helps give each other ideas for our service and that is, in my opinion, the best part about Lion’s Heart. This organization enables teens to help other teens serve their community, creates an environment where everyone is open to sharing their experiences and helping other people have similar experiences. Because of my peers sharing their experiences with me, I have received opportunities to volunteer at places like the Serra Catholic School Harvest Festival and the Jessie Rees Foundation making JoyJars.

Lion’s Heart has not only helped me become the person that I am today, but I know it will also help shape the person that I will become in the future. I now am so much more involved and continue to help others become more involved in my community, school, and group. Without my experiences in Lion’s Heart, I know that I would not be living my life the way that I am today. I now have a much greater concern for what happens around me and I appreciate everything that I am given.

In the future, I see myself continuing my volunteer work that I have started in my middle and high school years. Thanks to Lion’s Heart, I now understand how many volunteer opportunities there are available to me, and I know that no matter where I end up, there will be a volunteer job that is perfect for me.

~  Written by our amazing summer intern, Brooke T., who was truly a great addition to our team!  She was always willing to lend her hand to assist anyone who needed it and excelled at everything asked of her, including editing these blog posts! It was amazing having Brooke around the office this summer!
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In the News: Lion’s Heart Teen Volunteers Honored in Franklin, MA.

In the news! Congrats to our Members in Franklin, MA. for winning President’s Volunteer Service Awards and being recognized in Wicked Local, Franklin news. So proud of their dedication to volunteering and giving back to the community. Great article about some equally great young men and women!

Here is a snippet of the great article about some equally great young men…

FRANKLIN — Nine hard-working members of the Lion’s Heart were recently awarded a Presidential Volunteer Service Award signed by the President of the United States.

The awards are based on the number of volunteer hours served, said Franklin Lion’s Heart Chapter President Allison Bernhardt. Read it here!

Lion’s Heart Members went above and beyond this year and earned a whopping total of 1135 President’s Volunteer Service Awards.

10 Fantastically Unique Volunteer Activities by Lion’s Heart Members

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Curing with the Most Kindness 

Lamorinda, California, girls 2020 group made cards for hospitalized children at their meeting.

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Most Constructive Volunteer Opportunity

Larchmont-Mamaroneck, New York, girls 2020 group helped refurbished an abandoned school in Yonkers, NY.

 

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Coldest Opportunity with the Warmest Thanks

Park City, Utah, boys 2022 group collected and donated clothes for Utah Health clinic last winter.

 

 

 

Most Environmentally Friendly Activity

Larchmont-Mamaroneck, New York, girls 2021 group put no polluting stickers on drains around their community.

 

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Cutest Volunteer Opportunity

Fort Worth North, Texas, girls 2022 group volunteered at Dallas Animal Services Adoption Center making chew toys, handing out treats, and reading to dogs.

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The Artsiest Volunteer Project

Virginia Beach, Virginia, boys 2021 group made tissue paper flowers for seniors in their senior center.

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Best Pose with Produce

Trabuco, California, boys 2021 group gleaned the gardens at the Incredible Edible Farm.

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Warmest Donation

Laguna Niguel, California, girls 2022 group made and donated blankets and towels for an animal shelter.

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Sweetest Surprise

Westlake Village, California, girls 2018 group delivered ice cream to fire stations in their community.

 

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Smartest Way to Volunteer

Franklin, Massachusetts, girls 2023 group helped a teacher at Keller Elementary school move classrooms at the end of the year.

Photo Contest WINNER, Mackenzie E.!

Announcing the Lion’s Heart spring photo contest winner for submitting this great photo of her Trabuco Canyon/Coto, CA 2022 girls group picking beans for the Second Harvest Food Bank. What a great photo of Lion’s Heart Members volunteering and making a difference in their community! Congratulations Mackenzie!

Here is the winning photo: 

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By winning the Lion’s Heart spring photo contest, Mackenzie won a pair of Beats Solo2 headphones that were delivered to her door yesterday. She was so surprised and thrilled she sent us a picture of her with them on!

Thank you so much, Mackenzie, for your fantastic entry and keep on giving back!

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*Special thanks to all the Lion’s Heart Members who submitted photos to the contest, they were all wonderful. We are looking forward to sharing all your photos in the future on our social media channels with shout outs to the members/groups who took them. 

Photo Contest

Wanted:

Great action shots of our Members volunteering in their T-shirts.

Prize:

Beats by Dre Solo headphones, you get to pick the color! They come in black, luxe red, luxe silver, and white see screenshot below.

Deadline:

March 30, 2017

Submit:

Please email your good quality photos to socialmedia@lionsheartservice.org by March 30, 2017. Be sure to include your name, chapter and group and put PHOTO CONTEST in the subject line of the email.

Submit as many photos as you like.

Good luck!!!

*The winning shot will be an action shot of a Member or Members in their Lion’s Heart tee shirt while volunteering. We are not looking for posed photos. We want action shots of our Members clearly helping others.The winning photograph will be used in Lion’s Heart marketing materials and the website, although we reserve the right to use submitted photographs, as well. We will announce the winning photo on March 31, 2017 on Facebook, Instagram, our Blog and Twitter.

Lion’s Heart in the News – Follow the Leader in OC Parenting Magazine

Teaching young people to become leaders in society, what could be better than that? Check out this great article in OC Parenting Magazine about teen opportunities in Orange County, California. Lion’s Heart was mentioned not only as a great place to gain leadership skills bit also focused on our recent bullying prevention event. Check it out here.

Lion’s Heart Makes the News in Ridgefield, CT.

Lion’s Heart Members in Ridgefield, Connecticut are collecting Valentine’s Day cards for the troops as a way to show gratitude toward American serviceman and women.  The Lion’s Heart Boys Blue 2018 group has initiated a Valentine’s Day card drive, “Show YOUR Love,” and is asking residents to get involved.  We are so proud of all of our Members for giving back to their communities and making a real difference. Read more here.