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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.

We Love Our Summer Interns!

In May 2016, Lion’s Heart staff began interviewing twenty-six Lion’s Heart teen Members for a summer internship in the Laguna Hills, California, corporate offices. Each potential intern provided a writing sample telling a little about themselves and why they wanted the summer internship. All twenty-six came in for a face to face interview, for some, it was their first interview ever. The teens, ranging from thirteen to seventeen years old, were truly wonderful people with so many amazing talents. Some were nervous, some were confident. One even arrived in a suit and tie! We eventually selected six interns to spend their summer working in our office with our staff on a variety of interesting projects.

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“Our goal was to give the interns a glimpse of how our operations work while allowing them to have a rich and educational intern experience,” said Terry Corwin, Lion’s Heart Founder and Executive Director. “They have all been given a variety of assignments such as making videos to share on social media, writing blog posts, researching volunteer outreach programs, whiteboard sessions on ideas for marketing, auditing volunteer logs, and much more.”

Lion’s Heart is so thankful for all six of our volunteers; Madison, Taylor, Reese, Julia, Matt and Kevin. They worked tirelessly, never complained, and were so productive. In the past three months, Lion’s Heart Teen Volunteer interns amassed a whopping 182.5 volunteer hours and finished 11 large projects which included making a fun video on what they love about volunteering with Lion’s Heart, researching the civic 50 corporations, guest blogging, reaching out to parents, alumni, and non-profits, getting booths in high school events, and listing Lion’s Heart on all the community directories they could find. Our interns became part of our Lion’s Heart family and while we are sad to see them go, we wish them all the best on their journeys and we welcome them back anytime.

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We will be showcasing each of our interns on the blog and social media this week so keep checking back!

We look forward to selecting a new batch of interns from our fantastic Members next summer so if anyone is interested in joining us, keep an eye out for our email coming next spring!

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Lion’s Heart Senior Spotlight – Ashley D.

Hi everyone! My name is Ashley.

I joined Lions Heart as a sophomore and it was from there that I really learned what it meant to be a part of a group that helps the community. I have assisted in multiple school plays and the annual Walk for a Cure event. Even small things that are done make a big difference in the overall picture.

I have decided to attend UC Santa Barbara this fall and I am excited to continue to be involved in more clubs and organizations that can allow me to help in this new community I will be in.

Ashley has been a Member of Lion’s Heart’s Trabuco Canyon/Coto, California Chapter 2016 Girls Blue since 2013. Good luck with your studies and thanks for sharing Ashley!!

Lion’s Heart is Now a Silver GuideStar Participant

Lion’s Heart recently earned the Silver GuideStar Nonprofit Profile participation level! This leading symbol of nonprofit transparency and accountability is presented by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information.

In order to be awarded the Silver Seal of Transparency, Lion’s Heart added our basic contact and in-depth financial information on guidestar.org.

Check out our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile and tell us what you think: http://www.guidestar.org/profile/26-2781977

Lion’s Heart Senior Spotlight – Kolby O.

Being a volunteer in Lion’s Heart for the past few years has been an experience that will benefit me throughout the rest of my life. It was important for me to learn through volunteering that there may not be a tangible reward for my service, but the act of selflessness helped shape and define my character. Whether it be understanding that I must work with diverse groups of people in various environments to realizing that I prefer to work in positions of leadership, I know that Lion’s Heart has given me the opportunity to prepare myself for the future.

This fall, I will begin my studies at Purdue University’s Polytechnic Institute pursuing my bachelor’s degree in professional flight and my master’s degree in aviation management. I aim to become a flight instructor after my sophomore year, and my ultimate goal is to become a private jet pilot for a private jet charter company.

Kolby has been a Member of Lion’s Heart’s Ladera Ranch 2016 Boys Blue group since 2013. Good luck with your studies and thanks so much for sharing Kolby!!

Crossing the Border and Giving Back

Many teens who are a part of the Lion’s Heart volunteer organization have helped others in need by getting involved in their community in meaningful and fun ways. Most often these volunteer opportunities take place in the United States and are near the Lion’s Heart chapter areas. It’s important not to forget that giving back can affect communities and families off the grid and even in a different country. For example, I had the opportunity to travel to Mexico and build a house for a family in need with the Corazon organization last summer. The members of Corazon emphasize that everyone can learn how to make a difference in someone’s life and that coming together as a team is one of the best ways for that to be accomplished. Having been a member of the San Clemente,CA. Girls Blue 2018 group for the past two years, I’ve learned how to work with others and create relationships with the new people I meet along the way. This journey to Mexico was one of the best learning experiences I’ve had and taught me many valuable lessons.

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I travelled to Tijuana with a group of determined volunteers to build a house in just one day! Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve travelled to Mexico with my family, but last summer I wanted to give back to their wonderful community. The members of Corazon had informed our group that these houses are built for families who have given back to their communities for an extensive amount of time and have earned this gift. This task seemed overwhelming to us, but by working alongside the family that would receive this new house, we pushed forward and continued to work together. The family that received this home had two teenage boys who were very eager to join in and help the group. Their mother, a woman who did not speak any english, had prepared her own homemade tamales for the volunteers that contributed to the house. When the day was coming to a close, their mother expressed tears of joy as she saw her new home and thanked us for giving her and her sons a new place to live. It was incredible to see how the work that the volunteers and I had done would have such a lasting impact of this family.

Through this volunteer opportunity, I gained an amazing experience outside the country. I was exposed to seeing a group of people come together and help a family who had earned this incredible gift. Being a member of Lion’s Heart is a great opportunity for teens to reach out to others and take their leadership skills to communities much farther than those we have given back to before.

Written by Lion’s Heart Member and Summer Intern Reese Thomas, Member of San Clemente, CA Girls Blue 2018 Group.