One summer morning Alexis Mayfield accompanied her father Marvel as he delivered meals for the DuPage Senior Citizens Council (DSCC) to home bound seniors in Naperville. After that, Alexis decided that she also wanted to give back to her community.
She attended the DuPage Senior Citizens Council volunteer orientation to become a certified volunteer for DSCC and started volunteering twice a week. The Council’s Nutrition Site Manager Andrea Cattani and Home Delivered Meal Manager Julie Carco nominated Alexis to receive a Naperville Youth Service Award for her effort helping others.
Every year, KidsMatter together with Mayor Pradel and the Naperville City Council, give out the Naperville Youth Service Awards to deserving teen volunteers during a special ceremony.
Growing older can bring obstacles that, for many seniors, can make daily life challenging. To ease those challenges, DSCC touches the lives of seniors in both their homes and in their communities.
Alexis would start her volunteering activities in the morning helping in the organization’s distribution kitchen packing the food items for individual portions and then packaging the food items for each participant. Once all the food items were packaged and arranged for each route, Alexis prepared to deliver meals with her dad.
Alexis is a student at Benet Academy and also a cross country athlete. Alexis planned to continue her volunteer efforts while on school breaks and over the summer.
Like other teenagers Alexis was looking forward for the day she would be able to drive.
What makes Alexis an outstanding young adult is that she looks forward to being able to drive so she can deliver meals on her own, which will result in her being able to reach out to more homebound seniors in her community. Alexis’ compassion and desire to help the elderly makes her an outstanding youth. Alexis sets a good example for other young adults and will continue to make her world and others’ a better place to live, now and in the future.