Teens: Recognition of Outstanding Teen Volunteers

prudentialTeens around the nation are encouraged to apply for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award for exceptional volunteer work that positively impacts their communities.

Applicants must be in school, in grades 5 to 12 to apply. The top awardees are recognized by each state and awarded $1,000. Of the 102 state-level winners, a handful will be selected for national recognition in Washington, a $5,000 award and gold medallion.

Nominating schools or organizations receive $5,000 grants for national placing. Students must apply by submitting an application to their school principal or head of an officially designated local organization.

Deadline for 2011 volunteers is November 1, 2011. Awards are issued in early 2012.

Second-hand Store Benefits Victims of Sex Trafficking

We all have closets full of old clothes that don’t fit and houses filled with dust-collecting knick-knacks.  Wellspring Living, through their upscale resale boutiques Wellspring Treasures, is turning those gently used items into help for victims of sexual abuse and trafficking.

Wellspring Living has been offering therapy and education to sexual abuse victims for ten years.  Run almost entirely by volunteers, all proceeds from the three Wellspring Treasures stores benefit the women and girls involved with the programs.

“The women who come to the Wellspring Living house commit to 6 months or a year,” said volunteer Haley Welsh.  After leaving the house, the women live with a family who help them transition into their own place.

All three Wellspring Treasures stores located in the metro Atlanta area accept donations six days a week.