Charlotte Schmidt

Charlotte Schmidt

​Melissa ​Beltz | November 24, 2017

Charlotte ​Schmidt, ​a ​freshman ​at ​The ​University ​of ​Notre ​Dame ​and ​Francis ​Parker ​School ​alumna, ​was ​recognized for ​outstanding ​community ​service ​at ​the ​45th ​Annual ​National ​Philanthropy ​Day ​hosted ​by ​the ​San ​Diego ​Chapter of ​the ​Association ​of ​Fundraising ​Professionals. ​The ​event ​took ​place ​on ​Tuesday, ​Nov. ​13 ​at ​the ​Del ​Mar ​Fairgrounds.

Charlotte ​was ​among ​10 ​honorees ​recognized ​for ​the ​positive ​impact ​they ​have ​made ​on ​the ​San ​Diego ​community, including ​eight ​individuals ​and ​two ​not-for-profit ​organizations. ​She ​was ​named ​Outstanding ​Youth/Student Volunteer ​for ​her ​work ​with ​ElderHelp ​of ​San ​Diego, ​a ​nonprofit ​offering ​services ​to ​support ​older ​adults ​living independently.

Charlotte ​became ​involved ​with ​ElderHelp ​while ​working ​toward ​her ​Girl ​Scout ​Gold ​Award. ​She ​used ​speaking events, ​social ​media ​campaigns, ​and ​relationship-building ​tools ​to ​further ​ElderHelp’s ​reach ​and ​tap ​into ​new audiences. ​She ​used ​social ​media ​to ​disseminate ​the ​nonprofit’s ​message ​and ​mission ​and ​increased ​ElderHelp’s Instagram ​followers ​by ​150 ​percent.

Though ​her ​work ​with ​ElderHelp ​earned ​her ​this ​prestigious ​award, ​Charlotte ​has ​been ​volunteering ​since ​she ​was very ​young. ​She ​led ​numerous ​volunteer ​projects ​as ​a ​Girl ​Scout ​and ​served ​as ​President ​of ​Parker’s ​Interact ​Club, encouraging ​students ​to ​get ​more ​involved ​in ​their ​communities.

“Volunteering ​and ​service ​have ​been ​central ​in ​my ​life ​from ​a ​young ​age, ​so ​it ​was ​natural ​for ​me ​to ​one ​day ​lead ​my own ​project,” ​said ​Charlotte. ​“While ​I ​certainly ​had ​to ​work ​very ​hard, ​the ​wonderful ​people ​I ​met ​at ​ElderHelp ​and around ​San ​Diego ​made ​it ​truly ​a ​pleasure.”

Now ​in ​her ​freshman ​year, ​Charlotte ​said ​her ​experience ​with ​ElderHelp ​has ​made ​her ​reconsider ​how ​her ​volunteer work ​might ​fit ​into ​a ​future ​career.

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 by Daily Domer Staff

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