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Volunteer of the Month July 2014: Larissa Kolasinski

Larissa Kolasinski

Larissa Kolasinski

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” – Elizabeth Andrew.

Being a Junior at Issaquah High School, I do not have a lot of extra time. But I make room in my schedule to volunteer. I am on the track and cross country team for Issaquah High School and I am also part of NHS (National Honor Society) and Key Club. In the Issaquah Highlands, I live right by Blakely Hall – “the Highlands Community Center” so I am very close to all the volunteer action. I am on the HY (Highlands Youth) Board, a new board that is run by the youth and is for the youth of the Issaquah Highlands. We have hosted a few events earlier this year such as a Teen Tailgate Pre-Super Bowl Party and a Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt. We have more events planned for later this year!

Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community. I have logged hundreds of volunteer hours throughout the years. In the summers, I am a counselor at camp for elementary school-aged children. And throughout the school year I volunteer at many different events.  Some of them include Highlands Day and the Green Halloween Festival right in the Highlands.

The Highlands is a very welcoming neighborhood. We are just like one big family. Volunteering is a great way to get involved and meet new people. I have met so many new faces, and when I go running in the neighborhood it is great to be able to wave to so many people in the community. Keep an eye out for me at Highlands Day!