NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – Having amassed over 500 volunteer service hours, Madeline Reiff has earned the President’s Gold Volunteer Service Award, in recognition of her selfless efforts.
A prestigious and national award, the President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes kids, teens, young adults & adults whose service positively impacts communities in every corner of the nation and inspires those around them to take action.
A freshman at Options Schools’ Noblesville campus, Madeline has made significant contributions to the White River Christian Food Pantry, volunteering by serving the guests on Thursdays, and by helping other days though out the week. Her contributions have included: sorting breads, stacking shelves, making up drink and snack bags, cleaning and breaking down cardboard, buying diapers, and being part of the outdoor team that serve hundreds of people in a drive-thru format each week. Maddie is an overall team player who greets people with a smile on her face, compassion in her heart, and the desire to serve her community.
Madeline was presented with the President’s Gold Volunteer Service Award on Thursday morning at the White River Christian Church Food Pantry.
“Now a high school student, we’ve been fortunate to have Maddie (Reiff) with us at Options Noblesville since 6th grade. Maddie has a heart for service and equity. She is a wonderful example of the Options way. I look forward to seeing the continued impact she will make throughout our community, and beyond. Congratulations to Maddie on this honor!”
Madeline has dedicated over five hundred volunteer & service hours. Madeline has served at the White River Christian Church since she was 8 years old, and is now in her seventh year of volunteering, or according to Madeline, “Almost half of my life!”
“Volunteering is something you can do your whole life,” said Madeline. “It is fun, impactful, and a meaningful way to bring joy to people. Thank you to the White River Christian Church Food Pantry for providing food weekly to the people in our community. Thank you to all of the volunteers who have taught me the value of working together, laughing, and developing a servant’s heart.”
The White River Christian Church Food Pantry was started by Jeff and Kim DeMaise, as a small pantry from within a closet. The pantry now includes a building, serving approximately 285 or more families a week (1200 per week & 4800 per month). Guests are welcome to visit the pantry every Thursday from 1 PM-6 PM. The pantry is located at 1685 North 10th Street in Noblesville (in the cream-colored building just south of White River Christian Church). For more information about how to volunteer or donate, contact Jeff DeMaise at email@example.com or 317-776-2848.
About Options Schools
Founded in 2002, Options Schools are free, public charter schools serving grade 6-12 students in 134 school districts across Indiana. With a high-quality, individualized approach to education, Options Schools specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment, unparalleled support, and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1. With brick-and-mortar campuses in Noblesville and Westfield, Options also offers additional programs in virtual, hybrid, and in-person formats.
About the President’s Volunteer Service Award
In 2003, the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation founded the President’s Volunteer Service Award to recognize the important role of volunteers in America’s strength and national identity. The PVSA has continued under each administration, honoring the volunteers who are using their time and talents to solve some of the toughest challenges facing our nation.