Volunteers Annie Yonas and Griffin Kerstetter of the Home Lost Project featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette were named the Most Outstanding Volunteers among six finalists in the Jefferson Awards for Public Service Program! The Home Lost Project is a volunteer effort to create quilts for people experiencing housing crises: providing a bit of warmth and comfort, showing folks that others care about them, and raising awareness of homelessness in our region. CHS organized the Home Lost Sew-in along with the United Way of Allegheny County last December, bringing together 80 volunteers to make quilts for participants in our programs.
Annie and Griffin were selected from 50 local Jefferson Award winners from 2013, and they will now represent Western Pennsylvania in the National Jefferson Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. this summer. The Post-Gazette sums it up best:
Instilling volunteerism early in life can make someone a lifelong do-gooder. That could be the destiny of Griffin Kerstetter and Annie Yonas, two O'Hara elementary fourth-graders who have been honored for their work helping the homeless with Home Lost Project. The two best friends collect gently used T-shirts, and with the help of others, sew them into quilts that they give to homeless people. They've also held T-shirt drives and organized volunteer sewing events through the United Way of Allegheny County.
Their profile will appear in Saturday's Magazine.
Congratulations Annie and Griffin, and thank you for everything you've done for the people we serve!