The Power of Volunteerism

Every day people are changing the world and their own personal view of it by volunteering, about 62.6 million people between September 2014 & September 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Right here in Walla Walla, we had four standout youth that began their 2015-16 school year with the goal to give back to their community.  Taya Lovejoy, Rebecca Whitehurst, Aaron Page and Bryar Jensen volunteered for a combined total of 535.25 hours all while being full time students and participating in sports and after school activities.

Taya Lovejoy completed 80.25 hours through NJHS at Pioneer Middle School and various sporting events.  She also volunteered to teach ballet to younger children.  Rebecca Whitehurst completed 76 hours by volunteering at the Pioneer Middle School store during various sporting events.  She also served at the Christian Aid Center, Salvation Army and Fill the Bus Food Drive. Both of these youth received a Junior Medal in Community Service, which required them to volunteer a minimum of 75 hours.

Aaron Page completed 207 hours volunteering through 21st Century Club by editing Wake Up Wa-Hi and filming/editing Wa-Hi sporting events in and out of town.  Bryar Jensen completed 172 hours volunteering at Bluewood as a Jr Ski Patrol, at various events for the non-profit J.U.G.S. and through NJHS at Wa-Hi.  Both students received Varsity Letters in Community Service which required them to complete a minimum of 145 hours.

United Way of Walla Walla County is proud to partner with youth in an effort to create thoughtful future givers that understand the value of investing their talent and time to the community they live in.  If you’d like more information about how youth can participate this 2016-17 school year contact Kristen Sayers at