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Alicia Painter '11 (left) and Stacey Steele '02 (not pictured) work at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County after first serving as volunteers there. The Club recognized Earlham on Thursday for its long-standing partnership with the youth-serving organization.

Boys & Girls Club recognizes Earlham for volunteers, partnership

January 17, 2014

Learn more about Earlham College's history of volunteering at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County from two alums who now work there.

Earlham College was recognized Thursday by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County for its long-standing partnership and commitment to serving area youth.

The College is the recipient of the Earl and Kathryn Mayer Award, which is given annually to a partner that improves the lives of Wayne County youth. The College is a long-standing provider of volunteers and financial resources for programming.

“Earlham College’s students have a passion for service and a desire to make a difference in the community,” says Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County Executive Director Bruce Daggy. “They are also really happy to work with our kids and create relationships, which is where they leave the biggest impact on the work that we do. That is especially true of their Bonner Scholars.”

Earlham College provides more than 30,000 hours of community service annually to 70 area service agencies. The Boys and Girls Club has five sites across Wayne County.

Many of those volunteers are Bonner Scholars, who complete service-learning projects as they earn a degree, and student-athletes who play a role in the Club’s programs and annual Christmas Shop event.

Throughout the College’s partnership with the Club, several Earlham graduates have found meaningful employment opportunities after graduation. They include Director of Education Stacey Steele ’02, Jeffers Unit Director Alicia Painter ‘11, Director of Outcomes Measurement and Grants David Woolpy ’86, and Education Coordinator Kyle Fischer ’13. Fisher is employed at the Club by Americorps.

Earlham Vice President of Community Relations Avis Stewart also serves on the Club’s board of directors and was recognized as Rookie Board Member of the Year in 2013.

“Earlham College and Wayne County enjoy a mutually beneficial connection and our relationship with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County is evidence of that,” Stewart says. “Our students are driven to making a difference in the communities they live in while earning their degrees. This award is validation that their contributions are providing the lasting contributions necessary to make Wayne County a better place to live.”

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Earlham College, a national liberal arts college located in Richmond, Indiana, is a "College That Changes Lives." We expect our students to be fully present: to think rigorously, value directness and genuineness, and actively seek insights from differing perspectives. The values we practice at Earlham are rooted in centuries of Quaker tradition, but they also constitute the ideal toolkit for contemporary success. Earlham is one of only 40 national liberal arts colleges ranked among U.S. News and World Reports' "Great Schools at a Great Price."

Brian Zimmerman is director of media relations at Earlham College. He can be reached at (765) 983-1256 and zimmebr@earlham.edu.

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