Robert Fucci
 
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The following is the most recent installment of the Concord Journal/Wicked Local Concord Volunteer of the Week, where we spotlight members of the community who have made significant contributions as volunteers.

This week, the spotlight shines on National Honor Society students Jenna Speer, Zoe Jackson, Stephanie Donovan, Joe Vann, Akshaya Seetharam, Tommy Grehan, Ana Forsberg, Andrew Kamionek, Anas Benhamida, Linda Xu, Zuhayr Huseni, Will Delise, Tal Konrod, Aly Milando, Sohia Hubscher, Alexandra Mckinlay, Ruth Benyo, Solara Stacy, Alden Parker, Sofia Johnson, Kaiyun Pan, Elizabeth Umina, Annie Creamer, Anna Jasinski, Maddy Marano, Callie Jantzen, Emily Aldous, Isabella Cupp, Ryan Nigborwicz, Christian Healy, Nick Healy, Joachim Laurent, Vishal Chandra and Arya Naidu, all from Concord-Carlisle Regional High School.

Two students shared what this experience meant to them.

Andrew Kamionek

Why did you choose to volunteer for the COA?

My service with the COA began back in the quarantine period last spring when a couple of my friends and I wanted to find a way to help people who were having a more challenging time with the pandemic. Back in the spring, yard work was the means of using myself to help out my community in a safe and socially distanced way. When the opportunity to volunteer again for the COA became available to me through the National Honor Society, I knew that I wanted to help out with yard work again. 

Was it an enjoyable experience? If so, why?

This was unequivocally an enjoyable experience for me. The smile and gratitude expressed by the house owner after we finished cleaning up the yard at the end of the project was well worth the sweat and blisters at the end of the project.

Do you think you will volunteer for other organizations in the future?

I for sure will be volunteering for other organizations in the future. I have a great passion for volunteering within my Concord community. Currently, I am volunteering to assist in coaching a Concord Carlisle youth hockey team alongside Dave Baker every Wednesday. I was exposed to this opportunity as a varsity hockey player for my town, from my high school hockey coach to help coach the next generation of our town’s hockey players. It has been a large part of my life for the past three years and has provided me so much. Now and then, I run into the kids I coach around the state at a hockey rink and they fill me in on how they have been doing– it makes my day. 

More volunteers: Christian Healy

Stephanie Donovan

Why did you choose to volunteer for the COA?

I wanted to give back to the community in a meaningful way. Helping the COA with raking leaves was a really fun way to engage with others, especially in a pandemic.

Was it an enjoyable experience? If so, why?

It was really enjoyable to get together with my friends and rake up some leaves. I usually don’t see Jo and Akshaya in school since they are in the other end of the alphabet, so it was great to do a social distanced activity with them over the weekend. We were able to practice teamwork and just overall have a bunch of laughs. 

More volunteers: Nicholas Healy

Do you think you will volunteer for other organizations in the future?

Of course! Volunteering is all about completing a selfless act for others, no matter how small or large. Raking up leaves, although a small task to us, meant a lot to the residents we helped. 

From the COA

Ms. Pooler’s Honor Society students at Concord Carlisle High School  took time away from their studies to pitch in with much-needed yard work at over a dozen homes of Concord senior residents. Dedication to academics and to helping the community are actions these ninth- to 12th-graders are learning at CCHS. — Vikki Jacobson, volunteer and public relations coordinator

If you know someone who should be profiled, send an email to Robert Fucci at [email protected] You can answer the questions below and include a headshot for an upcoming edition of the Concord Journal and Wicked Local Concord.

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