Carly Pomeroy started volunteering with the DuPage PADS organization more than 4 years ago. But it was over the course of the last 2 years she has made the most difference with the organization.
Every year, KidsMatter together with Mayor Pradel and the Naperville City Council, give out the Youth Service Awards to deserving teen volunteers during a special ceremony.
Pomeroy was nominated for the award for her volunteer work through the KidsMatter Youth In Action program. KidsMatter and DuPage PADS nominatred Pomeroy for the award. The Youth In Action program leads and offers service opportunities to teens and families at a PADS overnight shelter once a month in Naperville.
DuPage PADS mission is “Ending homelessness by restoring lives through the offering of an array of services that build towards self-sufficiency and helps to stop the cycle of homelessness. While KidsMatter mission is to empower youth and families with tools to effectively manage the stress of everyday life through dynamic school and community programs, practical education, resources and an extensive network of partnerships with parents, educators and community resources.
Once a month, from September through May, Pomeroy helps prepare meals, sets up the dining area, makes the beds, serves the food, and helps to clean-up.
What stands out about her is that she was the student who always asked: “When can we serve at PADS again?” or “I don’t have my own ride tonight, but can I please go anyway?”
She serves with an authentic heart and truly cares about the PADS guests, especially the children who need teens to play games or color, while waiting for the food to be served.
She demonstrates compassion, hard work and a non-judgmental nature through sharing positive values.
Her real character came forth when she had to write about a life-changing experience in a school essay, and she wrote about all her volunteer work with the elderly, the hungry and those who are homeless.
She is the youngest of three children with two big brothers. Her mother works full time to support the family. Carly, with her amazing spirit and heart, decided to venture out and make a difference in the lives of those who really need it.