United Way Volkstadt Memorial Award for Volunteer Service Winner Announced
The United Way of the Titusville Region is proud to announce the 2019 recipient of the Volkstadt Memorial Award for Volunteer Service to the Titusville Community.
Heidi Drake is this year’s recipient of the award which is presented to area seniors pursuing post-secondary education who have shown a passion for volunteerism in the community.
The Volkstadt Memorial Scholarship and Award was established in 1999 through a charitable donation from the estate of the late Charles and Martha Volkstadt. Mrs. Volkstadt was the Director of the United Way for 25 years. “She understood the importance of volunteerism in the community, and instilling a passion for volunteerism in our youth,” stated Terri Ann Wig, Chief Professional Officer of the Titusville Region. The purpose of the Volkstadt Memorial Scholarship is to accentuate the importance of volunteerism in the community and to recognize those students who provide volunteer service, according to Wig.”
United Way has recognized 30 of Titusville’s best and brightest through the Volkstadt Award, and has provided these students with $37,000 in scholarships.
Drake is the daughter of Jason and Wendi Drake of Centerville. Ms. Drake is strong academically with a current GPA of 4.2375; high honor roll throughout her high school career and is Vice President of the National Honor Society. Heidi is very involved in extra-curricular activities at Titusville High School including THS Student United Way; President; Vice President of the senior class; Rotary Interact Club, Director; Varsity Club; Key Club; Varsity Club and Peer Mentoring. Heidi is also active in Volleyball and dance.
Heidi plans include attending Slippery Rock University to obtain her Bachelor’s in Healthcare Administration and Management.
Heidi’s volunteer service includes projects of the THS Student United Way/Interact Club including Stuff the Bus, High School Heroes, reading to students at the ECLC and Relay for Life. She also helped raise awareness on the eradication of Polio by volunteering at the Rotary’s End Polio Now night at Carter Field. During the event Heidi collected donations for the cause and provided attendees with information about the fight to end polio. As a Key Club member, Heidi worked at the spaghetti dinner and sub making. Heidi also worked to raise funds for Bowl for Kids’ Sake.
“I chose to volunteer because I feel that it truly betters the community. Since Titusville is a very small town, I personally know many residents who struggle financially. Volunteering with organizations like Key Club and Student United Way/Interact has given me so many amazing opportunities to help the community. They change the lives of people of Titusville, and I am very proud to have been able to witness a portion of that. Volunteer work has taught me more about live, and myself as a person, than any of my other endeavors. I am grateful that my school has many service opportunities. I feel confident that no matter where I end up, I will always be able to make a difference. Spreading kindness and joy is what will make this world a beautiful place, and I hope to be a part of it”, stated Heidi Drake in her Volkstadt award application.
“The United Way of the Titusville Region is proud of the youth in the community and their commitment to helping those less fortunate. Young people like Heidi are the future of our community and it is wonderful to see the commitment and energy that they bring to their volunteer efforts.” stated Wig.
Young people interested in volunteer service in the Titusville area should contact the United Way of the Titusville Region at 827-1322.