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8th Annual High School Essay Contest WINNERS

The 8th Annual Volunteer Square Teen Essay Contest, in partnership with the Patch, has come to a close. We received essays from 75 students in 35 high schools across Connecticut this year, truly an overwhelming response this year. The essays submitted truly represented how volunteering impacts the lives of teenagers in Connecticut. The essays were well written, thoughtful, and gave the reader a glimpse into the important volunteer work the students participate in.

We want to thank everyone that submitted an essay and to all that helped us promote this year's contest. Special thanks to our partners at Patch and to the Volunteer Square Board of Directors and Advisory Board for reading every essay and helping choose the winners. 

And now, without further ado, we are thrilled to announce the 8th Annual High School Essay Contest Winners.

First Place was awarded to Michael Bellacicco, a senior at Westhill High School in Stamford. Michael's essay shares his journey of volunteering at a nursing home and how the relationships he's built are the most important part of his experience. "In my experiences, I have realized that I am not only impacting others, but they are also impacting me. I would have never imagined that I would have a friend who could recall her experience of Pearl Harbor. My experience at the nursing home went from fulfilling a requirement for volunteer hours, to a life altering experience. " Read Michaels's full essay HERE.

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8th Annual High School Essay Contest

Volunteer Square is thrilled to announce the 8th Annual High School Essay Contest. The essay contest invites high school students in Connecticut to share "Why volunteering and making an impact on their community is important?" Each year our contest submissions increase and this year our goal is to break the record of submissions, as well as the number of towns we receive essays from. We are excited to present this contest for our 8th year to promote and support community service by young people across our state.  8th essay contest flyer.jpg

The rules are simple and the prizes are awesome. To enter the contest, tell us, in 500 words or less, "Why volunteering and making an impact on your community important to you?" To be eligible to participate you MUST BE A CURRENT CT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT. The contest is open to all Connecticut public and private high schools. Essays will ONLY be accepted Monday, November 2, 2020, through Monday, November 9, 2020. To submit your essay, email it to essays@volunteersquare.com. Include your name, name of school, and grade level. Important note: essays received before or after these dates will not be considered.\

Judges from Volunteer Square Inc. will select a first, second and third place winner, based on the quality of the essay and how well it addresses the topic of "why volunteering and making an impact on your community important." Winners will be notified by email by November 16, 2020.      

Hometown Hero Spotlight on Rajkumari Thankur

Volunteer Square loves to recognize exceptional individuals that donate their time and energy to nonprofit organizations across Connecticut. These volunteers make a true impact in the lives of others. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, annual volunteer recognition events had to be canceled so we wanted to offer an alternative way for organizations to honor volunteers. We are thrilled to share all the wonderful stories here and on our website. If you would like to nominate a volunteer, please fill out this Nomination Form.

Hometown Hero - Rajkumari Thakur- Women's Mentoring Network
Nominated by -Lana Gifas and Tasha Green-Watson of Women's Mentoring Network

Here is what Lana had to say about Rajkumari:

Hometown Hero Spotlight on Paul Cahill

Volunteer Square loves to recognize exceptional individuals that donate their time and energy to nonprofit organizations across Connecticut. These volunteers make a true impact in the lives of others. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, annual volunteer recognition events had to be canceled so we wanted to offer an alternative way to honor volunteers. We reached out to all the volunteer coordinators we work with and asked them to nominate volunteers. We are thrilled to share all the wonderful stories here and on our website, over the next several weeks. If you would like nominate a volunteer, please fill out this Nomination Form.

Hometown Hero - Paul Cahill-Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County
Nominated by -Laura Rundell, Volunteer Coordinator at Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County

Here is what Laura had to say about Paul:
One of our wonderful volunteers, Paul has been a volunteer with us since 2004. Prior to COVID, he provided respite and companionship visits to Hospice and Home Health patients. He is also a bereavement volunteer. Since COVID – he has been providing support calls to patients and family members to help them get through a very difficult time in their lives.

Interview with Paul Cahill

Why did you decide to start volunteering at Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County?

Hometown Hero Spotlight on Kate Parker-Burgard and Don Burgard

For the past two months, Volunteer Square has been recognizing exceptional individuals that donate their time and energy to nonprofit organizations across Connecticut. These volunteers make a true impact in the lives of others. We are thrilled to share their stories and give these volunteers the spotlight they deserve. If you would like to nominate a volunteer, please fill out this Nomination Form.

This week, we are excited to recognize two volunteers that did a very special project this July. Kate Parker Burgard and Don Burgard. Kate is the Director of the Center for Leadership at St. Luke's School in New Canaan and Don is the Copy/Production editor for Fine Gardening Magazine. I've had the pleasure of working with Kate over the last four years as we promoted volunteer opportunities, our annual High School Essay Contest, and our HS Internship programto St. Luke's School. We've been lucky to have students participate in all three initiatives thanks to Kate's guidance and encouragement.

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