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Kudos ~ Carrie Jackson

Carrie Jackson With Kimberly King, Volunteer Administrator. Courtesy of HOPES.

Photo credit HOPES for Kids

Natural Awakenings writer Carrie Jackson was named Volunteer of The Year by Chicago nonprofit HOPES for Kids at the Seeds of Hope Gala, on June 9 at Lacuna Lofts, in Pilsen. The organization provides enormous support for Chicago students and families that are experiencing homelessness through trauma-informed academic guidance and dedicated mentorship that instill educational development, spark curiosity and lay the groundwork for long-term empowerment.

Jackson, recognized for her weekly dedication to the organization’s Literacy Leaders program at a Rogers Park shelter, says, “Seeing the students grow each week keeps me motivated to continue volunteering. I see their resilience and tenacity in spite of the challenges they are facing, and also see them laugh and be regular kids. Spending time in a shelter so close to where I live keeps me grounded and inspired to make a difference any way I can.”

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