Wake Forest student honored for volunteer work
April 28, 2009
Wake Forest University student Grace Johnson has been awarded the first NC-ACTS! (North Carolina-Activating Citizenship Through Service!) AmeriCorps Outstanding Service Award for completing more than 300 hours of AmeriCorps service in one year.
Johnson, a senior majoring in political science from Champaign, Ill., is completing her AmeriCorps service through the Wake Forest Campus Kitchen, a food recycling program that uses cooked but never served food from the campus dining hall to make healthy and nutritious meals for the needy of the community. Johnson is part of the Campus Kitchen leadership team, leading cooking and delivery shifts, training new volunteers and helping to organize the annual Thanksgiving fundraiser, Turkeypalooza. “I loved how innovative yet simple the project was, taking the resources we already have and using them to bless the people around us who are in need and going hungry,” she said. During the fall, Johnson worked on the Student Planning Committee for the annual National Campus Kitchens Project Conference in Milwaukee, Wis., helping students from across the country brainstorm ways to combat hunger.
Johnson also volunteers several days a week with World Relief, a refugee resettlement organization. “It has been an amazing experience,” she said. “I love the engagement with the refugees and the ability to help them as they make the traumatic transition from a refugee camp to an alien culture and society here in the U.S.”
Johnson and the Campus Kitchen will each receive a cash award of $100 from NC Campus Compact, which operates the NC-ACTS! program under the Corporation for National and Community Service.
After graduation, Johnson will travel to Taiwan to teach English for a year though a Fulbright fellowship.