Abigail Zyhowski, Indiana County 4-H member, has been named a winner of a President’s Volunteer Service Award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time in service to their communities.
The award is part of The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. Zyhowski participated in the program as a representative of the Indiana County 4-H program. She is the daughter of Gerry Koller, Indiana, and a member of the Marion Center Handy Helpers 4-H Club.
Zyhowski has donated hundreds of hours to volunteer service. In 4-H, she has served as a regional 4-H camp and day camp counselor. She has donated items to the America’s Promise Campaign and donated toys for Toys for Tots with her 4-H club. Other activities include fundraiser dinners and making school and military care packages. She has visited senior care homes, done activities with the residents and made scarves for them.
Some of her other volunteer activities include American Red Cross, Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign, Big Hearts Little Hands Bowling For Kids, Make A Difference Day, Relay for Life Cancer Walk, Grocers vs. Cancer, Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat and Unicef.
She said about her volunteer experience, “I enjoy giving back to the community because it feels good, and everyone needs a helping hand. Only an hour of your time can make a big difference in someone’s life.”
She will receive a certificate and letter from President Obama at the annual 4-H Achievement Celebration. More than 370,000 young people across America have been considered for these awards since the program began in 1995.